(1)Interesting. Is this program ONLY targeted toward high school seniors, or can it be applied (modified) toward middle school?(2)My daughter teaches in NH, and tasked with developing integrated course materials. Your program appears like a 12 week stand-alone curriculum; however, I understand may schools do not have "time" for new courses (there are requirements associating subject areas with "certified" teachers. The reluctance by the TX schools toward your proposal may have more to do with the systems' accounting methods and meeting State & Federal regulations, guidelines, and other strings to get their monies. However, if you can integrate this material into a Social Studies (e.g. "Why are Americans' in dept")or Math curriculum; perhaps you may find it a smoother path. You could avoid confronting the schools completely, and attempt to sell your idea to one of the companies producing curriculum materials. They have a much larger sales force and plenty of experience dealing with schools nationally. ASIDE: My experience with a private post secondary technical school way back during the 1980s; included a suggestion that we open a Summer Computer Camp, since student enrollment was very low during the Summer, and we had empty classrooms and computer labs. They informed me that to run a Summer program the tuition would be too high; because it must pay directly for the classroom and lab use (all overhead A/C, lights etc.) plus the costs associated with instructors and support staff. We did have some students during the Summer months, so the classrooms, labs and support staff were costs which existed anyway; but if you USED these resources the use had to cover the "accounting costs according to the accounting model in place". So even if we were paying for A/C in 12 empty class rooms, using the classrooms for a Summer program would require charging more than the market would bare. - Logic only a corporate bean counter could love.
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