A Different Kind of “Alternative” High School!

I wonder what you think about this high school’s project–esp. in relationship to the discussions we’ve had about who we are as ELA teachers?



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3 responses to “A Different Kind of “Alternative” High School!

  1. sofiapenna

    Wow, how this automotove school reminds me of the architecture and design school that Pink refers to on p. 70 of A Whole New Mind. Do we all remember reading about CHAD, the country’s first public high school to use design to teach core subjects??? As Pink writes, “No matter what path these students pursue, their experience at this school will enhance their ability to solve problems, understand others, and appreciate the world around them — essential abilities in the Conceptual Age” (p. 74). -Sofia

  2. sofiapenna

    Correction! Not “all” of us have read Pink – only those of us in 506. Still, I think we can all see the connection by visiting CHAD’s website at http://www.chadphila.org/ and reading a little bit about this school. -Sofia

  3. jexter1

    What a fascinating article! The electives that are offered and concept of the “radical” school remind me of SWW. This school provides an immediate connection for the students that attend. Young boys (and girls!) are able to find relevance, interest and thrill into attending school. Most schools, if not all, offer vocational classes once the students are in high school. The students are bussed to another school (i.e. BOCES) in the morning to study a trade, such as automotive repair. Students are also offered nursing and cosmetology. After 3 hours or so at the school, the students are then bussed back to their host school for core classes.

    This alternative school is not only more convenient and cheaper than transporting students from one school to the next, but it gives continuity and smooth transitions between classes. The subject of automobiles never leaves the building, and the students are involved in the field daily. Also, the students are not losing time spent in a host school because they are in their host school.
    Students do not feel left out because they missed 3 or 4 periods with their friends and there is no longer possibility of feeling displaced.


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