Sunday, January 20, 2008

New Visions in Education: A Documentary Sheds Light on Radical Alternatives




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Alternative schooling has been a growing trend in the U.S, from families choosing Montessori and Waldorf to homeschooling and "unschooling." Perhaps part of the trend is driven by the rising rates of violence in American schools or maybe it's the fact that worldwide statistics put the U.S below many developing nations in academic standards. Today it seems that these and other factors are increasingly contributing to parents taking more control in their children's education and in that, exploring the growing number of alternative schooling options.

Danny Mydlack, directed the wonderful and eye opening "Voices From the New American Schoolhouse," a documentary giving an inside look into one rather radically alternative school in Upper Marlboro, MD, called the Fairhaven School.

Take a look and tell us what you think.



2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interesting idea...kids definitely seem pretty bright..wonder how they do when they get to the traditional setting of a university.

Anonymous said...

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The Daily Green just put an article out talking about how the presidential candidates are not being asked where they stand on the issue of the climate change - this is surprising to me considering its such a MAJOR concern to people. I just saw a poll on www.EarthLab.com that says people care a lot what their next leader thinks about global warming (after you take it they show you the results). Does anyone know of another poll or other results about this subject?

If not, go to http://www.earthlab.com/life.aspx and take their poll to see which way the results go. This is a pretty legit website; they are endorsed by Al Gore and the alliance for climate protection and they have a carbon footprint calculator. No matter which political party you vote for this is an important issue for our environment, our economy and for homeland security.