This book will open your mind to the changing experience of schooling, and highlights new and different ways to help those whose needs simply don’t fit into the usual mould.  With contributions from leading academics from Canada, America, the UK, the Netherlands, and Australia, this internationally-minded book helps the reader to reflect on the ways young people are taught, and presents possible alternative approaches. Global social and economic changes and technological developments are driving the need for change within education, so that we can better cater for a diversity of young people. This book offers an overview of where we are now and where we might want to go in the future. 

Alternative Schooling in the USA

Alternative schooling in the USA

This chapter outlines a broad concept of alternative education, why it is needed and how it may be understood. The chapter:

  • provides an overview of the need for alternative schooling in the USA;
  • describes what is meant by the term ‘alternative schools’ and reviews several proposed typologies of such schools; and
  • examines the characteristics of high-quality programmes and the outcomes that alternative schools should be able to demonstrate.

Like many other countries, the USA has a long history of alternative schooling and education system reform. These efforts have taken on a sense of urgency for at least the past quarter century. We have gone from being ‘a nation at risk’, the title of a high-profile 1983 publication sounding alarms about ...

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