By Noah Matthews
McClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT)
You'd think that "High School Success 2009" would be so last year. But it's not; in fact, in the coursework that it covers, it's timeless.
Through a series of gentle tutorials, exercises and quizzes — practical applications, in my book — this CD for Windows tackles 70 subjects with more than 2,000 exercises for students in grades 9 through 12. Here's a partial list of courses:
Chemistry; biology; U.S. history from 1620 to the early years of the 21st century; American government (national, state and tribal governments), along with landmark Supreme Court decisions; foreign languages (Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Chinese and Portuguese); English (grammar and writing, including instructions for preparing research papers and creative writing); and it will even teach you how to type.
There's a one-year subscription to the online Encyclopedia Britannica and more. If it's taught in high school, and you want your student to either brush up on old skills or prepare for the next level of study, you'll find it here.
Should you buy last year's version of this software? Have algebra, the atom and cell structure changed in the past year? You've just passed your first quiz.
"High School Success 2009" will run on all versions of Windows. To order, send $25, plus $6 for shipping, to WashingtonCD, PO Box 351531, Los Angeles, CA 90035, or online at www.washingtoncd.net.
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