ERIC Number: ED099984
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Alternative Schools: The Development of Options in Public Education. Professional Education Series.
Smith, Vernon H.
The development of a diversity of optional public schools, each geared to be responsive to students with different learning needs and styles, provides one strategy for establishing a new organizational structure for public education. This book presents a brief picture of the development of optional alternative public schools, their status and their potential. Five historical constraints--(1) the monolithic approach to learning, (2) authoritarianism, (3) lack of choice, (4) social taboos, and (5) the convenient academic (fact-dispensing) program--are cited as inhibiting the development of appropriate and effective programs in elementary and secondary schools. The characteristics of the optional alternative public school movement are discussed, and brief descriptions of a few of the schools in operation in 1973-74 illustrate the diversity of the alternative schools. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Accountability, Continuation Students, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, Experimental Schools, High Schools, Nontraditional Education, Open Education, School Organization, Sex Education, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Needs
Professional Educators Publications, Inc., Box 80728, Lincoln, Nebraska 68501 ($1.75)
Publication Type: Books
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