ERIC Number: ED411992
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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The Parents' Guide to Alternatives in Education.
Koetzsch, Ronald E.
Recognizing that parents have a great range of options in choosing and creating an education for their child, this book is designed to help parents make an informed, conscious choice about their child's schooling. Chapters in the first part of the guide provide an overview of American education, the mainstream public sector and alternative education movements. Chapter 1 looks at the origin and early development of the American public school system. Chapter 2 treats the humanistic-progressive movement, while chapter 3 describes the religious-traditionalist movement. Chapter 4 discusses the range of education alternatives available in the current system. Chapters in the second section deal with six important movements in present-day education: (1) whole language; (2) cooperative learning; (3) the social curriculum; (4) multicultural education; (5) developmental education; and (6) education for character. The third part of the guide looks at 22 types of programs and schools that provide viable alternatives to mainstream public education: Carden Schools, Christian Schools, Comer Schools, Core Knowledge Schools, Essential Schools, Foxfire, Free Schools, Friends Schools, Holistic Schools, International Baccalaureate, Islamic Schools, Jewish Day Schools, Mennonite and Amish Schools, Montessori Schools, Multiple Intelligences, Education, Progressive Schools, Protestant Schools, Reggio Emilia Approach, Catholic Schools, Waldorf Education, and Teenage Liberation. Each chapter presents the approach's history, philosophy and principles; describes practical strategies of the educational approach; describes one or two actual schools using that particular approach; and lists resources and a bibliography. The guide's final section offers practical advice in choosing a school and on creating a school of one's own. Contains 41 references. (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Educational History, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Home Schooling, Multicultural Education, Multiple Intelligences, Nontraditional Education, Parents, Parochial Schools, Private Schools, Progressive Education, Public Education, Reggio Emilia Approach, Religious Education, School Choice, Waldorf Method, Whole Language Approach
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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