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  • or some other genius by the same name said,

    "Education is what remains after you've forgotten your schooling."

    Or something like that.

    We know people who imagine that their "alternative school" is naturally superior to the public schools; they could be right. It's possible, anyway.

    It's quite a bit more expensive.

    It's far less convenient.

    It has fewer facilities, equipment, space and supplies.

    The teachers must assign their loyalty to the Apostles' Creed.

    It has no entrance or exit standards.

    It's students have difficulty socializing with peers in public schools.

    There are no tests, either normative or ranking.

    There is no homework.

    There is a lot of music and art.

    The food is palatable (I know this).

    The people are pleasant enough.

    It is "alternative" in the sense that it skirts the real problems of public schooling, but without requiring the even greater responsibilities that accompany home schooling.

    Not every public school is unworthy by a long yard. Ask the community that doesn't have one.

    Not every alternative is superior to the standard. Some are merely different.

    Even "No School" is educational, but there is no "alternative world" to inhabit at the end.

    An "Apostle's Creed" of learning might help, if all would sign it.

    Got a pen?

    (photo: courtesy Mr. M.S. Kim,
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