ERIC Number: ED106918
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Optional Alternative Public Schools.
Smith, Vernon H.
The development of optional alternative public schools is based on four simple concepts: (1) in a democratic society people should have choices about all important aspects of their lives; (2) different people learn in different ways; (3) learning in schools should not be isolated from the world outside the schools; (4) those closest to the action, the individual school, should have the biggest share in the decision-making. Optional alternative schools include open schools, schools-without-walls, continuation schools, multicultural schools, free schools, schools within schools, and the like. Whatever it is called, the alternative school has developed in response to needs within its community. Although each school is individual, most of them share all or most of the following characteristics: (1) the school provides an option for students, parents, and teachers; (2) it has as its reason for existence a commitment to be more responsive to some educational need within its community than the conventional schools have been; (3) it has a more comprehensive set of goals and objectives than its conventional counterpart; (4) it is more flexible, and, therefore, more responsive to planned evolution and change; and (5) it tends to be considerably smaller than conventional schools, particularly at the secondary level. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National School Boards Association (35th, Miami Beach, Florida, April 1975); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document