The Hows and Whys of Alternative Education: Schools Where Students Thrive

The Hows and Whys of Alternative Education: Schools Where Students Thrive

by Darlene Leiding
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R&L Education
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The Hows and Whys of Alternative Education: Schools Where Students Thrive

It has become a cliché to say that these are precarious times for public schools. It is also a reality. On the one hand, improving schools is the public's top priority. On the other, significant numbers of Americans are giving up on public schools. Today's parents and, indeed, all voters, need to see signs of success if they are to support public schools. Parents must be given choices when it comes to their child's education. This book acknowledges that enormous problems outside schools do not mean that educators inside schools cannot do a better job at creating a meaningful learning environment. It is designed to inform and assist those who wish to choose their child's educational settings. The Hows and Whys of Alternative Education offers the essential information on the history of alternative education, school choice, alternative schools, charter schools, magnet schools, homeschooling, private schools, vouchers, distance learning, teacher/student/parent attraction, and the future of educational choice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578866878
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 10/22/2007
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     V
History of Alternative Education     1
School Choice: Trust for Parents' Picks     11
Alternative Schools: A School of One's Own     29
Charter Schools: A Beacon of Hope     45
Magnet Schools: The Stuff of Kids' Dreams     61
Homeschooling: Testing Our Freedom     73
Private Schools: An Investment in the Future     97
Vouchers: Threatening to Make Schools Improve     121
Distance Learning: The Wave of the Future     135
Teacher/Student/Parent Attraction     147
The Future of Educational Choice: Does It Work?     167
References     181

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