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SKOLE: The Journal of Alternative Education, v15 n1-4 1998

The four issues of the journal SKOLE published in 1998 contain articles, personal narratives, and interviews about educational philosophy, small alternative schools, freedom and democratic practices in education, and the overuse of Ritalin in schools. Feature articles discuss holistic education, how classroom technology promotes passivity and perverts education, the true meaning of discipline, a Japanese school modeled after Summerhill School, myths concerning attention deficit disorders and Ritalin, student meditation as a stimulus to creative writing, what teachers can do to ameliorate students' negative self-concept, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood as a model for understanding human behavior, managing student behavior with drugs, revisioning professionalism in teaching, parent information on learning styles, supporting the parent-child relationship, the deficiencies of public schooling, a call to recover classical ideas of higher education, advice on essay writing for prospective college students, democracy in a new Florida charter school, cooperative community lifelong learning centers, and innovative practices in small community schools. Issues also include chapters from the 1949 book Freedom in Education, by Elizabeth Ferm of the Stelton Modern School; letters from readers; book reviews; student writings; poetry; and descriptions of alternative education conferences. (SV)

Descriptors: Appropriate Technology, Attention Deficit Disorders, Discipline, Educational Philosophy, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Nontraditional Education, Open Education, Public Schools, Small Schools, Student Behavior, Student School Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship

Down-to-Earth Books, 72 Philip St., Albany, NY 12202.

Autor: Leue, Mary, Ed.


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