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September 30, 2003

Future Schools

A brief illustrated thought-stimulating article, Flexible School Facilities, stretches one's conceptss about the schools of tomorrow. It shows a progression from conventional schools to a profusion of program choices.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 11:10 AM

September 18, 2003

Wisconsin Charter Schools

Learn about the movement to establish more educational choices in Wisconsin through their active charter movement. Their site features existing schools, legal requirements, a video, conferences and resources.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 01:11 AM

September 13, 2003

Lifelong Learning

There has been a growing movement to reinvent how people learn and how young people are introduced into society. Homeschooling, charter schools, cyberschools, unschooling, life-long learning, Waldorf schools, and Sudbury schools are just a few of the elements of this movement. Life-long learning has been promoted by management guru Peter Drucker in "Post Capitalist Society" on one end of the spectrum and, on the other end, by Elise Boulding in "Building Global Civic Culture," and by many scholars in between. The bottom line in this movement is to provide the freedom, opportunity and resources for self-learners of all ages, with their families and in community, to choose to learn what they want, when they want and how they want. In spite of the rapid growth of this movement, it has drawn little positive attention from governments. Learn more about the strategies of the self-learning movement.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 11:13 AM

Sources of Information on Educational Alternatives

Ray Morley made a great contribution by listing a huge bank of resources in his Resources in Alternative Education. It includes national information centers, books, historical references, journals, high school research reports, readings, legal references, position statements, facts and projections, research on federally sponsored models, and keys to success. This can be a first stop seeking info on alternatives.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 10:49 AM

September 04, 2003

Signs That Students Need a Change

Jerry Mintz of The Alternative Education Resource Organization and publisher of Education Revolution magazine has a checklist of 10 Signs You Need a Different Kind of Education for Your Child to stimulate discussion among parents to consider alternatives. It's a thought-provoking list from a pioneer in the alternative schools movement.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 04:38 PM

Ultimate Alternative School

David Douglas from New Hamshire delineates the key features of an "ultimate school" in a recent piece he sent. He suggests a checklist of 16 features for school personnel and parents to stimulate discussion about how their schools can improve or transform. See other writing and ideas at the Ultimate School Network.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 04:30 PM