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ERIC Number: ED282938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
As the Pendulum Swings: Four Cautions for Alternative Educators.
Conrath, Jerry
This paper offers four recommendations for alternative school educators and others who work with at-risk students: (1) The real "experts" are those who work directly with at-risk youth in classrooms. (2) Schools should not provide students with choices while forsaking their obligation to teach them how to actively participate in the culture. If allowed to choose bits and pieces of education, in the name of interest and variety, students can be denied the chance to experience intellectual continuity and cohesion, choices of the type encountered in the real adult world. (3) Educators must stop patronizing at-risk students, who, though discouraged and defeated learners, do not benefit from lavish, external rewards. For true achievement, youth need serious, thoughtful assignments and they need the internal rewards of honest effort. (4) An emphasis on homework and efforts to involve parents in educating are cruel to students whose homes are hostile and unsupportive. Privatization schemes, such as Secretary of Education William J. Bennett's voucher plan, will not increase the choices of at-risk youth. (KH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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