A year ago I opened an alternative school and was facing the issue of
to follow a SVS type school model, a homeschooling model, or a more
school setting. In the past 16 years I have been involved in a variety
international school settings and homeschooling.
Today I provide "choices", in one "Alternative School". Parental choice
is the determining factor.
Personally, I really like the SVS model, however, similar to Dale,
(and having been educated in Europe with a high academic standard) I
curriculum, or also "giving the parents what they pay for".
1. Today I believe that the seperation of school and home is outmoded.
(I assume that SVS students do not leave "learning" in school but
continue at home.)
(And Homeschoolers might enjoy visiting a school if they have an
To choose a school is to "choose a part" of home.
My school integrates the student's home and considers the "needs" of the
individual family in choice of subjects, hours, vacations, etc.
Students often do activities at home because they enjoyed them in
school, or vise versa,
continue activites from home in school. (Homework does not exist). Home
sports, boyscouts, outings, are credited as school work and extended.
2. High academic requirements can be combined with children's natural
for discovery, exploration, and learning.
Academic requirements need to be explored by three instances: the
the parents, and the child, unless some parents really do not want any
Educating children is a responsibility that cannot be shifted to someone
Most of the time academics can be structured to enhance a student's
(It does take a lot of effort and directly affects the teacher:student
Some of my "teaching" materials are from Europe and a lot more
creative while providing a high academic standard.
In regard to requirements I should note that children, like adults, have
days where things just do not seem to work right. And they can wait.
3. As students enter their teen years, academic requirements might be
by the "job market" which adds a fourth instance. European type
are a necessity for some students as much as Homeschooling, SVS type
and traditional schools.