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Alternative Education: What Does It Mean?


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Alternative education can mean many different things to different people. It can mean schools that teach in an alternative way to the traditional way that children are usually taught. It can me alternative evaluation methods than those that most schools have. One university, for instance, called Hampshire College, has individualized degree programs with evaluations instead of grades.

Alternative education might also mean home based learning. It can also mean lifelong learning opportunities, with opportunities for those who have finished the traditional years of education to continue learning.

It can also mean study abroad programs and cultural exchanges. There are often fair nights at school where they set out banquet tables and welcome students to learn more about these unique and enriching opportunities. There are also online based learning programs that allow you to learn in the comfort of your own home and to grow in this environment.

All of these choices can be seen as alternative education and all of them allow you, the student, to grow in interesting and unique ways. Learning does not have to fit into a box today – and individuals have the ability to branch out in so many different ways.

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