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    Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

    by leftyparent on Fri Apr 01, 2011 at 01:13:20 PM PDT

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      Now that "charter schools" are all the rage, let unschooling advocates get together to create their own charter schools in the storefront of their choice.  Teacher unemployment, particularly in English, the humanities and the arts means that you have an excellent and inexpensive pool of applicants from which to choose.  The hard sciences and engineering suffer periods of unemployment, so you can recruit therein on occasion as well.  

      For that matter, let progressives take advantage of the charter school "movement" to open institutions that run on unabashed progressive principles.  Naturally, you'll let the teachers organize a union if they please, without all the informal and underhanded management dealing that usually attends such processes.

      2009: Year of the Donkey. Let's not screw it up.

      by Yamaneko2 on Fri Apr 01, 2011 at 05:02:51 PM PDT

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      •  Not so sure about that chance... (0+ / 0-)

        I was part of a progressive charter school start-up ten years ago, based on the work of John Dewey.  What a nightmare.  Testing was beginning to be mandated with a vengeance.  It was incompatible with being a start-up, let alone one where we wanted to take the student's interest into account and where learning was to take place over 7 years (K-6), not necessarily tied to a grade level/year.  I'd be surprised if the rules are that different now.

        •  Full disclosure... I'm reconnected's spouse... (0+ / 0-)

          but she speaks the truth when it comes to charter schools in CA.  You have to cleave to the state content standards even more so than a conventional district-run public school because your charter has to be renewed every five years and you are essentially on perpetual probation.

          My hope is somehow the states can back off from their voluminous content standards so that charter schools could be truly alternative rather than just slightly different.  See my piece "Alternative Charter School" for more details on what reconnected is talking about.

          Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

          by leftyparent on Fri Apr 01, 2011 at 07:13:11 PM PDT

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