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A brief history of alternative education | Education Revolution | Alternative Education Resource Organization

A brief history of alternative education | Education Revolution | Alternative Education Resource Organization | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it

RON MILLER
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Photo by John Vachon. Rural school children, San Augustine County, Texas. April 1943. (LOC) 

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Why are there alternative schools?

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PBS Special: New 'TED Talks Education' Brings Big Names And Big Ideas

PBS Special: New 'TED Talks Education' Brings Big Names And Big Ideas | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
Sir Ken Robinson, Bill Gates, Geoffrey Canada and more take on big topics in the all-new TED Talks Education. Full feature presentation is here.
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The RamPage: Why We Need to Reform Education Now - my.hsj.org

The RamPage: Why We Need to Reform Education Now - my.hsj.org | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
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The RamPage: Why We Need to Reform Education Now
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What should America do about its disastrous high school dropout rate?
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We can't afford not to personalize education.

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15 must-read books about K-12 education in the US

15 must-read books about K-12 education in the US | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
Confused by the rhetoric? Here are 15 books to help you understand public education in the US today.
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Some great recommendations for reading.  Finding Superman takes on charter schools.

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The so-called school reform movement declares that public education has failed American students. But in reality, it is the policies of brutal austerity, relentless standardized testing, and tea...

The so-called school reform movement declares that public education has failed American students. But in reality, it is the policies of brutal austerity, relentless standardized testing, and tea... | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
From “The solution to US public schools is not corporate America” by Dan Denvir at The Guardian ("The so-called school reform movement declares that public education has failed American students.
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Public schools are not the problem

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School “Reform” in the Anti-Education Era – @ THE CHALK FACE ...

I must emphasize that Gee also indicts formal schooling that existed before test-driven “reform,” as he explains why education's problems have been made worse during the corporate school improvement era.
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Why does the current school reform mimic the "factory" model of a century ago?

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'Stop this Madness': rap video on school reform - Washington Post

'Stop this Madness': rap video on school reform - Washington Post | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
Newsday 'Stop this Madness': rap video on school reform Washington Post Attention ladies and gentlemen, there's currently a battle going on in public schools across this nation between those in the business of education, those that legislate...
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In Counter to 'Joyless' Schools, Coalition Demands Supports-Based ...

In Counter to 'Joyless' Schools, Coalition Demands Supports-Based ... | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
A group of 46 educators and policy advocates who are pushing what they call a more-progressive education agenda ramped up their call for "supports-based reform" by issuing a declaration to "rebuild America." They decried ...
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Supports-based rather than standards-based reform

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The Decline and Fall of the English Major

The Decline and Fall of the English Major | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
In the drift away from the humanities, we risk losing something essential in ourselves.
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Why alternative schools should include the humanities

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Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond

Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
In a wide-ranging consideration of 21st century education, Noam Chomsky argues that much of what passes for education reform is 'a way of turning the population into a bunch of imbeciles.'

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A really must read.

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Noam does it again!

Dennis Richards's comment, June 4, 2013 10:14 AM
A very powerful statement. Learning that too few students experience. I find myself wondering...if we could change schools to be more engaging for students, what would the future be like? Push passion for learning.
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Co-op Schools of the Future, an alternative to Academies and Free Schools

Co-op Schools of the Future, an alternative to Academies and Free Schools | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
Co-operative Schools - the Alternative to Gove's Private Academisation Education has been a political football for decades. Perhaps some are surprised to hear it was Margaret Thatcher who got rid o...
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Schools working together

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Nancy Kaffer: School reform dangerous if you don't understand value of education

Nancy Kaffer: School reform dangerous if you don't understand value of education | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
Signs are pointing to the educational ground shifting in Michigan, that major change is headed our way — and that those changes may be driven by folks who we are not entirely sure have students' best interest at heart.
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Don't neglect the humanities!

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Funding isn't everything: Education reform takes innovation, cooperation - Bangor Daily News

Funding isn't everything: Education reform takes innovation, cooperation - Bangor Daily News | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
Funding isn't everything: Education reform takes innovation, cooperation
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Over the past few years, we have implemented some landmark reforms to Maine's education system.
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More than money is needed

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Paths Of Learning: An Introduction to Educational Alternatives

Paths Of Learning: An Introduction to Educational Alternatives | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
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Terminology used in Alternative Education

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The Glossary of Education Reform for Journalists -

The Glossary of Education Reform for Journalists - | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
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School reform terms defined for the non-education professional.

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The End of the Neighborhood School

The End of the Neighborhood School | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it

"The neighborhood school—the school were a child goes as a matter of right—is withering in many American cities. Buffeted by declining enrollment, lagging performance and an education reform movement obsessed with choice, many traditional neighborhood-based public schools are being closed. Students are being shuffled farther away to other facilities or opting for charters (provided they strike it lucky with the lotteries).


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Alternative schools forcing closing of neighborhood schools

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How school reform preserves the 'status quo' — and what real change would ... - Washington Post (blog)

How school reform preserves the 'status quo' — and what real change would ... - Washington Post (blog) | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
How school reform preserves the 'status quo' — and what real change would ...
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Effective reform consists of significant systemic changes.

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Can School Reform Hurt Communities? - New York Times

Can School Reform Hurt Communities? - New York Times | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
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Can School Reform Hurt Communities?
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New Orleans may be the extreme test case, but reforms like these are reshaping public education across the country.
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Are we asking too much from charter schools?

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The Worm Is Turning on School Reform - Huffington Post

The Worm Is Turning on School Reform - Huffington Post | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
The Worm Is Turning on School Reform
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The next school improvement efforts must learn from the accountability hawks' failures; they must be modest and evidence-driven.
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Resisting the impact of NCLB in Indiana

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Mike Rose's Blog: A New Book: Public Education Under Siege, edited by Michael B. Katz and Mike Rose. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013

Mike Rose's Blog: A New Book: Public Education Under Siege, edited by Michael B. Katz and Mike Rose. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013 | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
RT @DrRema: http://t.co/bvMb1jaRzP My latest publication--one of the short articles on issues that should shape the national school reform …
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Blog about school and school reform

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A new 'Education Declaration' for genuine school reform

A new 'Education Declaration' for genuine school reform | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
schools A coalition of educators, researchers, parents, activists and elected officials issued what signees are calling an “Education Declaration” on Tuesday that lists seven key principles on which genuine school reform ...
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Teachers should be trained and respected; all students should have opportunities to learn.

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Contrasting approaches to educational reform in successful ...

She recognised that they all wanted the very best for the children in their schools but that there were obstacles in the way. She deliberately involved the unions, demonstrating to them that the reforms she was proposing would ...
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In this article and in the comments are interesting insights into Finland's educational system.

 

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How Video Games Are Changing Education

How Video Games Are Changing Education | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schools have found an alternative way to equip children with flexible and adaptive skills by allowing them to learn through playing video games...


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Creating Learning Spaces for a New Age of Discovery

Creating Learning Spaces for a New Age of Discovery | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
School environments should fulfill a student's need to feel engaged intellectually and emotionally in the learning process, Jim Childress writes.
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The classroom doesn't have to be a rectangle with rows of desks

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A Free Tool Designed To Connect All Schools In The U.S.

A Free Tool Designed To Connect All Schools In The U.S. | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it

Connecting classrooms around the globe is a project that a number of different groups have tackled, and this one is no different. Connect All Schools is an group of many organizations that is focused around the goal of connecting all schools in the US with the world by 2016.

This large group of participating organizations has a long list of goals and reasons why connecting students across the globe are important. They hope that by connecting students, they can:

Build understanding and global competencyIntroduce global issues curriculum, new World Languages, online collaboration, youth and teacher exchanges, professional development on international education, and video-conferencesEnable schools to indicate how they are connected to the world and for new teachers, school administrators and parents to work with consortium partners on building new linksAllow for online language practice with native speakers around the worldAllow students to learn WITH the world instead of just about itTo create a student citizenry that is aware of and comfortable with interaction with peers worldwide Read more at: http://www.edudemic.com/2013/06/how-one-organization-is-connecting-all-schools/


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Connecting students in classrooms around the world.

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