Define Alternative Education
Alternatives to traditional schools are often defined by the elements that make them effective. Whether they are called alternative, charter, magnet, or something else, such schools come in a wide array of configurations and organizational models.
- Read Alternative Schools: The State of the Art (Raywid, 1994) to identify types of alternative schools in the U.S.
- View If Students Designed Their Own Schools (Tsai, 2013) to see an example of what an innovative alternative to traditional school looks like.
- Summarize a definition of alternative education schools. Read pages 1-8 (Chalker, edition 2006).
Consider these questions in your post:
- What elements or qualities make an alternative school different from a traditional school?
- What do alternative schools and traditional schools have in common?
Note: This discussion is not a political conversation or debate, but rather an analysis of alternative schools and their qualities and effectiveness. No peer responses are required for this discussion, but please read your groupmates’ definitions and consider them as you develop your individual and group thinking maps, due Thursday and Saturday, respectively.
Support your statements with evidence from the Required Studies and other research. Cite and reference your sources in APA style.