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  •  Burgundy Farms School in Alexandria (none)
    is a fascinating place.  My wife attended a somewhat similar school, the School in Rosve Valley (In Pennsylvania).

    It is a clear example of how different models of schools work well for different students.  One of our problems is our insistence on standardization --  children ae not standard, which means if we are going to serve them, schools, curricula and teachers also cannot be standard.

    For what it is worth, when I bake cookies (rarely), I shape them by hand.

    Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

    by teacherken on Sat Oct 08, 2005 at 07:14:58 AM PDT

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    •  It was a great place (none)
      and I think it still is pretty cool.  You know that it was started by Eric Severied and his wife in the 50's and was an integrated school from the start.

      Overall, it was a really good school - I went from there to Marin Country Day in CA which was much more structured - there were some issues of adjustment not the least of which was my born again English teacher who only lasted a year ther...  But looking back the combination of the two - highly structured and less structured actually did a lot to prepare me for the world - the world as we know does offer both very structured and very unstructured experiences.

      If I were designing an educational model, I would try to do both.

      I was posting a comment above that got lost - this rain is really hard on my dsl connection - but it was about how in my industry which is production I really have a hard time finding young talent that are prepared for the controlled chaos in which we work.  Some of that is personality profile and work ethic, but some of it is a lack of people who aren't reliant on someone giving them the three choices on a multiple choice test.  I need people who can independently identify the three, four, five, ten choices and then to make deicisions based on numerous pieces of information.  Multiple choice testing does not prepare people for that kind of career.  The weird thing is that the opportunities for kids who can't or don't go to college are huge - good pay and good prospects - but if they come out expecting that someone will give them all the answers they have a hard time excelling in production.

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