by Susan O’Neill
Honors Accounting, equivalent to an entry level college course, is a rigorous course that targets students who want to make accounting their career. The new class is one of three that will be added to Kaneland High School’s roster next year, Assistant Principal Diane McFarlin said.
Mathematics for Careers, which will be developed in conjunction with Fox Valley Career Center staff and professionals in the trades, will address math knowledge and problem-solving skills necessary for students pursuing a career in the trades, such as carpenters, electricians, plumbers, welders or medical technicians. The course will also include a consumer component.
Armed Conflict and International Relations is a social studies elective course in which students will study the effects of armed conflict on the geopolitical, economic and domestic systems throughout the world. Beginning with the American Revolution, students will analyze in depth both earlier and more recent conflicts, such as Vietnam, Desert Storm, Somalia and the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The course will explore how conflicts begin and how they impact the world, McFarlin said.
â€œThere will be a lot of room for good discussion,â€ social studies teacher Javier Martinez said.
In addition, the class will provide a foundation for further study and potential careers currently being established in the realm of international and cultural relations, McFarlin said.
â€œWe all recognize we’re in a global economy,â€ District Superintendent Charlie McCormick said. â€œThe class is just another way to gain an appreciation for the world they (students) will be working in.â€
The School Board approved of the addition of the three classes in a 4-2 vote. Board member Deborah Grant, one of the two dissenting votes, said she thought the title of the social studies class could be misleading and that it should be titled Armed Conflict and Humanitarianism instead. Dianne Piazza was the other dissenting vote.