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  •  Ideally we'd have charter schools (2+ / 0-)
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    Mostel26, drmah

    that are locally run with union faculty.
    Sounds like a public school? Not really, in the sense that charters have more autonomy and ability to incorporate progressive education models.

    There are two kinds of people in this world. The kind who divide the world into two kinds of people, and the kind who don't.

    by upstate NY on Mon May 28, 2012 at 11:06:35 AM PDT

    •  I think you need some central control (2+ / 0-)
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      historys mysteries, laurnj

      to make sure schools are meeting the necessary criteria, so if a student switches from one school to another they're not either way behind or so far ahead they're totally bored.

      In high school in the 1970s (what younger folks think of as the Dark Ages), I was in an "alternative" school program for part of the day. It was actually a "school within a school", with three rooms at the end of one wing set aside for our use, and was mostly independent study and some small group seminar type sessions. It wasn't for everyone -- you had to be pretty self-directed and motivated to succeed -- but for me it was sanctuary, and the politics were definitely of a leftward bent (in US History we studied All The President's Men) so much of my current political philosophy was developed within those rooms. Programs such as those, where you can have a combination of self-directed study and more traditional classes, might be a potential solution.

      Mitt Romney: the Etch-A-Sketch candidate in the era of YouTube

      by Cali Scribe on Mon May 28, 2012 at 11:57:46 AM PDT

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      •  Progressive education of all kinds (0+ / 0-)

        My child is in an Expeditionary Learning school (associated with Outward Bound) and the teaching methods are impressive. We can try a variety of approaches. I think centralizing it beyond a principal is a problem for me. A principal can give teachers the autonomy they need to succeed.

        There are two kinds of people in this world. The kind who divide the world into two kinds of people, and the kind who don't.

        by upstate NY on Mon May 28, 2012 at 05:41:05 PM PDT

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    •  Indiana's response to Charter Schools takes effect (2+ / 0-)
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      laurnj, upstate NY

      this summer. By lowering requirements for teachers and administrators to hold those positions, Charters and Private Schools can pretty much hire anyone they want, without regard to qualifications.  The state law, called REPA  (Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability), means any college graduate, without teacher preparation can teach as an "adjunct" teacher.  Requirements for licences in program areas such as music, art, Special Education have been deregulated, teachers can cross subject areas without preparation, and Principals and Administrators no longer have requirements of post graduate study or teaching experience to qualify for leadership jobs.  The Dean of Indiana University School of Education wrote a great op/ed for the Indianapolis Star, yesterday, to explain the consequences of this state law.  

      Gereldo Gonzolalez, says of the state legislature's action; "These proposals amount to noting less than the de-professionalization of teaching.  
      The title of the op/ed G. Gonzales' artilce in The Sunday Indianapolis Star is "Lowering Standards in the Name of Reform."  

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