I am a high school senior and I was very pleased to hear this story today. I have been enrolled in a program called Flexible Scheduling, or Flex for short, for the past 4 years and it has been a wonderful learning experience. Seminar based, this program puts all 4 grade levels in the class room for a very difficult, but interesting combined study of English and World Studies. While each subject has it's own time to be isolated, it has been more than necessary to integrate the two. Most importantly, it gives us, the students, the voice in the class room. There are 130 students in total and 5 teachers. Generally, the teacher is present during seminar but never distinctly in charge.
My brother went through this program as well and it turned out that my sophomore year in Flex had the same curriculum as his freshman year in college. The years are divided into Anthropology, Western Civilization, Globalization, and American studies. We have gone over sources such as A Modest Proposal, The Cranes Are Flying, Allegory of the Cave, Powaqquatsi, Kite Runner, Napolean Chagnon's anthropological studies, Soy Cuba even Woody Allen's film Crimes and Misdemeanors. (Only to name a few.)
I have had proud moments in this program, and not so proud. But I have never been dismissed, simply encouraged to do better. It is indeed a sink or swim program, it isn't for everyone, but it's up to each individual to decide. I have come to better understand and love this program over the years. The basic concept of watch/read, write, and discuss helps me retain the information in a way that I don't in any way dread doing. The saying, 'You get out of flex only what you put into it," has been thrown around many of time, and it is so very true.
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