Re: Bee School Quandry
It sounds as if the main tension here is between your desire to share your love of beekeeping with the realities of doing so successfully. More to the point, you want to do the best by your students and the bees that you can possibly do.
Let me ask you this: How would you feel if someone sold you a new car based on all the 'features', and then you later found out the hard way that it required high test gasoline, regular tuneups, frequent tire rotations and storage in a heated garage?
There are ways in which you can lead them to where they need to be. In the end, it comes down to an approach with which you are comfortable. Were I in your situation, I would be sure to give the students the basics, with details, and help them to understand the ideal situation (brood cycle, etc.). I would do my best to make sure that they understand these to a reasonable degree. I would let them know that this is an ideal situation, and that you'll be adding more to the mix soon. I would then add mites, nosema and varroa, etc. to the mix once I was sure that they had the basic understanding. I don't teach about bees, but I do teach a subject that is difficult for some. I have learned that all of us in the room together have a much more meaningful experience if the basics are learned first, followed by the realities and details. (Note: there is a saying about leading a horse to water......)
In the end, your role as a responsible instructor comes down to giving your students the knowledge they need to succeed, and it certainly sounds like you are focused on being the most responsible instructor you can be.
Pete. New 2013, 12 hives, zone 6a
To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.