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News & Views - Feb, 2000 Issue #66

Some questions asked in the Alternative School Movement of the 60’s:

~ Why should we all teach the same thing?

~ Why does curriculum have to be standardized?

~ Why should basal readers be used to teach reading?

~ Why shouldn’t teachers personalize education?

~Why do kids have to sit in rows and be talked to by an adult standing in the front of the room?

~ Shouldn’t the style of teaching fit the student’s style of learning?

~ Could students work cooperatively, using materials and projects?

 ~ Couldn’t curriculum be integrated?

~ Does school have to occur in a building?

~ Are there other ways to evaluate a student since grades tend to degrade students?

~ Who can and should be teachers?

~ What can be studied?

~ Should the range of courses be traditionally narrow or can practically anything be studied and accredited?

~ Should kids be required to attend classes?

~ Can students help to make school decisions? What better way to teach democracy than by having students live in a democratic school?

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