Business classes

If you NEVER want your child to hold down a job, then this post isn’t for you.

If you’re still reading, I’m going to assume that you would like your child to …

  • have great teamwork skills
  • be able to share his or her talents
  • be able to appreciate the contributions of others
  • have appreciation for the value of money
  • understand how businesses make money

If you share these goals, I’m sure you will be excited to hear that there is a class at NEXT Education for learning all of that. Business class!!

Our business class for this year will focus on reading The E-Myth. This fabulous myth-busting book shows students how to think about business is a way that avoids common mistakes that business owners make.

In this class students will study business concepts for the first hour. They will read relevant business books, study the history of business, and learn to give presentations from their research on business figures of the past as well as business principles. But this class will meet for longer than some classes, because …

For the next two hours these students will work together in a real business. These students will make business phone calls (no, not everybody has to do that!), write business letters, use business management strategies, have business meetings, make business documents, and perform revenue-generating activities (also known as “work”).

The class will give homework during the first hour, but only the kind that you might get from any business course. When the workday is done, students will leave the real business behind so that it won’t distract them from their age-appropriate tasks, such as homework and chores.

But when they leave NEXT Education and go into the workforce, they will have an incredibly valuable business education as well as a wonderful resume builder. It’s not every kid that works in a real business as an intern during high school!

Our business class is open to students in 9th through 12th grades.

(And when they leave, we expect that some of them will start phenomenal businesses now that they know how! The business connections they will make with each other might be the best thing about the class, in the end!)

Writing in January term

At NEXT Education, we see January as the perfect time to take a break from the routine and do something different. During January term, students and parents get a chance to remember why they are doing what they’re doing.

Is the goal a career in science? January is a great time to prepare a competitive science project!

Is the goal to explore writing a novel? January is a great time to take a course in fiction writing!

The Aquinas Writing program at Homeschool Connections covers all the writing bases, with many courses dedicated to simple skills like grammar and paragraph formation. But it also has a number of courses that they label for high school juniors, in which they develop fiction writing skills. Take a look!

Best quote:

From “Aquinas Writing Advantage Scope and Sequence:”

Course Number: HS 11-6
FICTION WRITING 6: Authoring a Book, Part 1
How it Works, What it Takes, and How to Succeed

Education Revolution?

This think-piece has a slow start, but if you push through, this guy makes some fabulous points about the need to customize education.

We at NEXT Education couldn’t agree more. Customized education is the only way to prepare our children for a lifetime of being happy and healthy, engaged to the hilt at being THEMSELVES, not anyone else.

Best quote:

“These people are not renegades. They are not revolutionaries. They are just ordinary parents who want the best for their children, and the more they move away from one-size-fits-all schooling, the easier it will be to build a critical mass of parents interested in major education reform.”