|Our ACES' Program and the Contradictions of your Near and Long Term Interests...|
Over the course of my lifetime never has the world sent more mixed messages to young people that it does today. My response to this as an educator is to provide you with as clear a path forward as possible. This is our ACES program.
The ACES program was conceived in 2003 with the conviction that Georgian futures would be advantaged through an exposure to the application of mathematics and computer technology to the physical act of creation. Prior to this, most Georgians heading off to engineering had no practical experience with what the discipline required. After over a decade of offering Georgians this exposure, RSGC remains virtually alone in this conviction and commitment. Despite the overwhelming influence of computer technology in our society, few secondary schools offer a comprehensive three-year engineering and design program, despite the fact that,
The contradiction of the ACES program, on the other hand, is that university admissions criteria continues to, inadvertently, penalize Georgians for the precise skills they have worked hard to master. It is so unusual for secondary school applicants to possess the ACES skill set, their admissions process neither looks for it, nor values it and, in some cases has outright rejected our legitimate course codes. So, to be honest, if your SOLE goal is to simply gain EARLY acceptance to university, you would be better off NOT taking our courses and investing the dozens, if not hundreds, of hours spent on ACES project pursuits in the mastery of mathematics and science questions from your respective textbooks. Furthermore, the money you spend on components and our workbooks could be spent on retaining a tutor as so many others are doing. Of course I'm not suggesting this, because medium and long term views of your future opportunities, outside of mainstream academia, will be SIGNIFICANTLY advantaged by your unique ACES skill set.
In an effort to mitigate the myopic view of many of even our most popular universities, I have responded by changing the course codes for our three ACES courses for 2018-2019 to ones the universities understand (ICS2O, ICS3U and ICS4U). Furthermore, I understand the current university admission requirements leave precious little room between reality and impossible perfection. Students who work hard at developing our skills will be advantaged in this regard.