Building Community Through Better Relationships

Alternative Education/ Consistent Learning

In the academic world of plaid skirts and crests on blazers, parents pay the equivalent of major university tuition to afford their children an elite, private school education. In addition to the social status, the parents are paying for extraordinary curriculum to prepare their children for college success. This scenario reflects a clear path to academic excellence and professional opportunity. On the other end of the academic spectrum is a direct path where academic excellence and professional opportunity also resides without the hefty price tag. How can this be?

Progressing from elementary school through a college degree, two alternatives have emerged on the academic landscape that provides an effective path to academic excellence and professional opportunity. Charter schools offer creative curriculum and post-secondary preparation for less affluent students. Although an unrelated entity, career colleges offer an alternative to students who recognize the advantages of a college degree without the benefit of a traditional academic background. Underserved communities and inferior early learning foundations are both characteristics of selecting these alternative academic choices.

Career colleges offer degrees, but more importantly they offer a practical attitude to learn and succeed. Unfortunately, these learners have often been told they were inadequate to be educated. In many cases, the terms of their education have been to stay out of trouble and we’ll pass you on. Not coincidentally, a similar mindset exists at the primary school level with charter school students prior to enrollment.

So, what do these alternative education choices mean to students in underserved communities and, in turn their advancement prospects? The difference is that these alternative academic choices bring learning options that are specific to the students they attract. Specifically, successful charter schools bring a sense of discipline, parental accountability, and social privilege to the student body. Likewise, career colleges bring a learning environment that specifically addresses preparation and skills for the job market in the student’s chosen discipline.

Alternative education makes a positive difference when a forgotten student has a clear academic direction and a supportive environment. Ironically, these elements represent success in more traditional school environments. The distinction is that alternative school students often begin their learning career disadvantaged by poor preparation. However, with an intentional desire to look beyond the ordinary experience, charter schools and career colleges offer students an alternative opportunity for educational advancement. Educational advancement resulting in better life opportunities is an essential component of learning. The educational landscape now has proven alternatives and is better positioned to deliver on the consistent learning objective of providing personal advancement across the social spectrum.

By Glenn W Hunter


November 26, 2012 - Posted by | Better World | , , , , , ,

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