Category Archives: Traditional Schooling

Uncollege: The Gap Year Program

Source:  EdSurge, Sep 2013 Stephens is coalescing this goal into an official fellowship program, the Gap Year Program, to help other motivated dropouts to embark on their own self-learning journey. A big part of the program is to instill confidence and street smarts in students who may be daunted by the task of taking complete ownership …

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8th Grade (1912) examination

Source: ZeroHedge, Jul 2013

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School Size Impact upon Student Achievement

Source:  University of South Carolina website, 2005 Researchers have found that parental involvement tends to be greater in smaller schools than in larger schools (Meier, 1996; Walberg, 1992). Walberg (1992) argued that small schools tend to have greater physical and psychological proximity to students’ homes than do larger schools, and that such proximity increases parental involvement because parents …

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Digital Apprenticeships

Source: NYTimes, May 2013 Enstitute seeks to challenge the conventional wisdom that top professional jobs always require a bachelor’s degree — at least for a small group of the young, digital elite. “Our long-term vision is that this becomes an acceptable alternative to college,” says Kane Sarhan, one of Enstitute’s founders. “Our big recruitment effort …

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Collaborating to Explore How Digital Learning can Improve Orange County K12 Education

The following is a March 12th e-mail sent to OCPS Chairman Sublette, with a cc: to Superintendent Jenkins.  The e-mail is an invitation to OCPS to collaborate with the Be G.R.E.A.T. Academy on exploring digital learning ideas to improve K12 education for OC schoolchildren. Some of the e-mail’s formatting cannot be viewed in this blog …

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Alternate Perspective about Schooling

Source: Lore website, date indeterminate Everyday, millions of innocent children are unwillingly part of a terrible dictatorship. The government takes them away from their families and brings them to cramped, crowded buildings where they are treated as slaves in terrible conditions. For seven hours a day, they are indoctrinated to love their current conditions and …

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