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The Parents' Guide to Alternatives in Education

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The Parents' Guide to Alternatives in Education is the first book to describe the full range of current alternatives in education. It highlights some of the current trends in education and then deals in detail with twenty-three different education alternatives. For each it gives the history, philosophy, practice, a description of a representative school, and a resource section including sources of more information and suggestions for further reading.
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Overview

The Parents' Guide to Alternatives in Education is the first book to describe the full range of current alternatives in education. It highlights some of the current trends in education and then deals in detail with twenty-three different education alternatives. For each it gives the history, philosophy, practice, a description of a representative school, and a resource section including sources of more information and suggestions for further reading.
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"Parents looking for alternatives to their neighborhood public school for any reason—cultural, religious, ideological, or personal—will find a wide range of information here." —MultiCultural Review

"An unbiased presentation."— Library Journal

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This book is meant to be a consumer's guide to 22 forms of alternative education available to children whose parents choose not to send them to public schools. It also offers an historical perspective of American education, along with the history behind each of the specific alternatives. Koetzsch, senior writer for Natural Health magazine and founding editor of Renewal: A Journal for Waldorf Education, first deals with current important topics such as conflict resolution and multicultural education, pairing them with appropriate alternative programs. Then he details each form of education, including where such schools can be found and resources for more information. An unbiased presentation that will be a welcome addition to most public libraries.Terry A. Christener, Hutchinson P.L., Kan.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570620676
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald E. Koetzsch has a B.A. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in History of Religions from Harvard University. He has taught at the secondary school and college levels and has been a senior instructor at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School for over twenty years. For many years he was senior writer at the East West Journal (now Natural Health magazine). He is founding and current editor of Renewal: A Journal for Waldorf Education and is a teacher at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. I An Overview of Education in the United States
1 Public Education: The Birth of a System 3
2 Dissenting Voice Number One: The Humanistic-Progressive Tradition 7
3 Dissenting Voice Number Two: The Religious-Traditionalist Movement 14
4 The Public School Mainstream Today and the Range of Alternatives 17
Pt. II Some Current Trends in American Education
5 Whole Language 25
6 Cooperative Learning 31
7 The Social Curriculum 37
8 Multicultural Education 44
9 Developmental Education 50
10 Education for Character 57
Pt. III A Guide to Alternative Education
11 Carden Schools 67
12 Christian Schools 73
13 Comer Schools 81
14 Core Knowledge Schools 88
15 Essential Schools 95
16 Foxfire 102
17 Free Schools 109
18 Friends Schools 117
19 Holistic Schools 125
20 Homeschooling 131
21 The International Baccalaureate 140
22 Islamic Schools 147
23 Jewish Day Schools 153
24 Mennonite and Amish Schools 160
25 Montessori Schools 168
26 Multiple Intelligences Education 177
27 Progressive Schools 183
28 Protestant Schools 190
29 The Reggio Emilia Approach 197
30 Roman Catholic Schools 203
31 Teenage Liberation: Self-Schooling for the Adolescent 210
32 Waldorf Education 216
Pt. IV Practical Matters
33 Choosing a School 227
34 The Ultimate School - Your Own 231
Bibliography 236
Index 239
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