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REAL LIFE MATHEMATICS
- The course is written by award-winning financial professionals with decades of experience in solving real-life financial problems. It is not written by a team of educators who, of course, have experienced personal finance but have not practiced personal finance.
- Because RLFM is a CTE funded course, districts receive on average $385 more funding per student enrolled in the one-year course than other math classes. One hundred students taking RLFM translates to $38,500 in addition funds.
- RLFM material is updated annually. This is a extremely important because finances, tax, college funding and career information changes daily. To keep the curriculum relevant and motivational, it must be updated. Who wants to read and make decisions on a five year old article from the Economist magazine? No one, yet it is our understanding that other publishers have made no commitments to update their materials. This situation translates into less accuracy and relevance for the student and more work for the instructor.
- Just like real-life, RLFM is challenging. It is not a fluff course. Students must master 102 Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS), which places RLFM as one of the most demanding courses to come out of the TEA process. In addition to the TEKS, RLFM is structured to teach students the skills they will need to be employable in the 21st century knowledge economy - critical thinking, problem-solving, communications, team-building, and project management.
- RLFM is a blended on-line one year course. Students learn to act independently and responsibly as they master the materials. Teachers guide students through projects and interactive questioning assignments and research designed to stimulate the prefrontal cortex of the brain. RLFM applies a new instructional methodology, supportive of T-TESS and Accomplishment & Accountability Standards and offers districts a new set of real-life outcomes, which go beyond passing a final exam.