It seems there are a variety of intro to beekeeping classes out there - both 1 day "short" courses and longer beekeeping 101 classes that run for 5 - 6 weeks, meeting once a week. Both seem designed to give new beekeepers a helping hand into their new hobby. Obviously the longer classes go more in depth and have time for discussion of more esoteric topics.
You never can quite know who is going to attend a class nor what their personal agenda might be. Just like on the forum here I've seen people who've never actually had bees get into arguments with long time beekeepers about the "right" way to keep bees. Frequently these "discussions" (I'm being polite) tend to be started by people who have certain philosophies about how the world should work and how bees should be kept. While I know the "discussion" is coming, I'm always saddened by them.
Bee Schools - especially the longer ones - should be informing students about the rich history of experimentation among beekeepers. The dilemma then becomes one of how to teach crawling before running. How do you get across the concept of learn from us a base of knowledge and then feel free to experiment and keep bees as you desire after you've kept bees alive for a season?
I hope this thread generates food for thought for teachers of bee schools. I try to remind myself regularly that there are issues I haven't considered and techniques I haven't tried - in other words, I'm just as much a student as the people taking the class.