My daughter got accepted into this special school. It's a school for exceptional mathematics. I went to the openhouse tonight and O....M.....G. You would not beleive what they teach these kids at this school.
EDIT: This is a grade school!
1) They have their own Wells Fargo account that they must manage and balance weekly.
2) They learn how to pick stocks and track them. Make decisions about the stocks future and how to decide when its time to jump ship before you sink with it.
3) Each class creates their own society with its own monetary units. Each child must undertake entreprenuerism (sp?), create their own business complete with info packet on:
Name, overhead, items or services to be sold, cost, proposal with reasons for item or services , why it will be needed or wanted, how to market said items or services.
4) Monitor as a class the value of their monetary unit against other classes.
5) Keep records of Loss/Gains
6) Those with profitable businesses may start purchasing the services of employees. While owners of businesses that are failing may apply for part time jobs with the profitable employers. The school has a business Professor (Creighton University volunteer Professor) that comes to classes and helps the children with failing businesses to understand the reasons *and how to correct and modify their business to be succesful.
7) The school has its own Post Office where each class has an address as well as staff members. Classes take monthly turns running the post office. Children may mail letters, pictures etc... to each other in different classes, teachers or the to their parents, friends homes. (It is a real post office, monitored daily by a postmaster)
8) 2 Computer labs with I-Lab computers (40 in all)
9) All the while carrying on normal studies.
I am absolutely amazed and excited that my daughter will have the chance for a jump on the world that I never had. I think this is a wonderful opporotunity for her. To be honest I have no idea how to pick a stock but these 3rd graders do.
Oh, They also have to pick a local business and make judgements on what the business will do in the future based on demand and economy, product, profit/loss, etc....
I couldn't have asked for a better chance for my child than this. *[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]