Alternative Schools Abandoning Structure, Curriculum And Teachers

Posted on Monday, October 17 at 12:51 by FootPrints
And experts say this alternative model, which is regaining popularity, can benefit students. "Within the traditional school model, children are being told what's important, when to study, and they're being evaluated continuously," says John Grant, who has enrolled four of his five children in Fairfield since it opened in 2002 and is now an adjunct staff member. "What we're hoping to produce are students who are innovative, interested and self-reliant." Fairfield was the first Canadian school modelled after Sudbury Valley, followed by the Beach School in Toronto and the Indigo Sudbury Campus in Edmonton. All have small student populations; from 13 in Wolfville to 30 in Edmonton. And students, between four and 19 years of age, aren't classified by grade level. The schools are democratically run by staff and students, who vote on administrative issues such as hiring. The staff at Fairfield range in backgrounds, from a nurse to a playwright to a folk musician. While this arrangement means students may not study topics central to the regular education system, Grant says that's not a bad thing. http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/cpress/20051010/ca_pr_on_na/free_schools_1

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