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  •  Actually most profoundly alternative schools... (5+ / 0-)

    are private and attract mainly white more affluent kids as students.  There are notable exceptions, including Albany Free School in Albany NY.

    The most profoundly alternative public schools, particularly if they are not attracting mostly well-to-do kids, tend to get shut down for not teaching to the test.

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

    by leftyparent on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 01:00:40 PM PDT

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    •  Right, I know well the phenomenon (0+ / 0-)

      My initial introduction to progressive schools was from parents who were involved in private schools. My sense of those schools is that a number of parents eventually come to insist on the structure and discipline they are apparently more comfortable with, and sometimes the schools accommodate.

      My point though is about suburban public districts which I imagine would be far less open to this type of school.

      In my city, our progressive charter has experienced a lot of success in educating kids. It's an Outward Bound school and bases its curriculum on Howard Gardner's research, BUT it's nowhere near as wide-open and freely scheduled as the school in the parent's example above.

      They do devote part of the day to English and Math, and then the only other subject is a foreign language (Spanish). They then spend after lunch on art work of various kinds, graphic arts, music, dancing, etc. Their knowledge of the world is not categorized according to academic specialty such as Sociology, History, Government, etc. Rather, they each day undertake research projects, both in school and in the community. These projects are interdisciplinary and try to incorporate and knowledge of both their local community and the world. That's what I appreciate most.

      But the morning's base is still reading, writing, arithmetic.

      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 Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 01:08:44 PM PDT

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    •  Ironically, that report from CREDO about charter (1+ / 0-)
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      schools I heard about earlier this week says the population that is most helped by charters are kids who are poor. Yet we seem to build most of our new charter schools where kids are afluent. Maybe that is part of the problem.

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