Indian Hills students get expert insight into economics issues

Indian Hills teacher Judith Schieszer (left) and KU economics professor Nadia Kardash.
Indian Hills teacher Judith Schieszer (left) and KU economics professor Nadia Kardash.

December, they say, is an economic proving ground for many businesses — the month that many finally move into the black for the year.

Well this year, a group of young northeast Johnson County students got a first hand look at economic issues from people familiar not just with local economies, but global ones.

As part of their economic course of study this past semester, Indian Hill students heard from Dr. Nadia Kardash, an economics professor at the University of Kansas who is originally from Belarus. Kardash told the Indian Hill seventh graders about what it was like growing up in a command economic system in the former Soviet Union, and what the country’s transition to a market economy was like.

The students also got to hear from Kendra Frink, a manager with Ten Thousand Villages Overland Park office. The company sells fair trade artisinal crafts from around the world. Frink explained the concept of fair trade to the students and provided and outline of global economic forces.

Kendra Frink, manager of Ten Thousand Villages in Overland Park.
Kendra Frink, manager of Ten Thousand Villages in Overland Park.