ERIC Number: ED290237
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Parents Guide on Choice. The Right To Choose.
Raywid, Mary Anne
Starting with the contention that we need to restore a wider range of choice to parents in their children's education, this paper lists and reviews the varieties of public education currently available throughout the country, and discusses their advantages and disadvantages. These varieties include magnet schools, alternative schools, independent study programs, postsecondary enrollment plans for high school students to take courses at local colleges and universities, vocational education programs, and the GED (General Educational Development) testing program (in lieu of attending and completing school). Two other types of choice programs differ from the above in that they offer choices only to particular groups rather than to the community at large: regional, residential, specialty high schools sponsored at the state level for the most accomplished students in a given specialty (math and science, humanities, performing arts), and second chance arrangements for dropouts or for students who have consistently failed in regular schools. The second part of the paper reviews available choices in the private sector: parochial schools (Catholic, fundamentalist, or Jewish); private, residential prep schools for the wealthy; independent schools for disadvantaged minorities; proprietary business or trade schools that promise job training and placement to disadvantaged teenagers and young adults; and home schooling. (TE)
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Educational Opportunities, Elementary Secondary Education, Experimental Schools, Free Schools, High School Equivalency Programs, Home Schooling, Magnet Schools, Nontraditional Education, Open Education, Parent School Relationship, Parochial Schools, Private Education, School Choice, Traditional Schools
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
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Note: Paper authored under a Department of Education purchase order as a contributing paper for an upcoming booklet on Choice by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI).