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By Philip A. Woods, Glenys J. Woods

It is a distinctive number of major examples of schooling grounded in substitute philosophies and cultures – from tasks to create extra democratic colleges, via Quaker, Buddhist, Islamic, Montessori and Steiner/Waldorf faculties, to Maori and primary international locations schooling in Canada and Palestinian Jewish colleges in Israel. geared toward academic practitioners, leaders, and policy-makers in all kinds of academic settings, in addition to teachers and researchers, the ebook is a source to aid educators imagine creatively approximately schooling at a time while the necessity to locate new how you can nurture non secular and holistic progress and democratic citizenship hasn't ever been better.

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One of the first facts we encountered when studying actual practice in schools was that, although the law promoted the participation of all the members in the educational community, in practice there was little participation from nonprofessional actors (parents and students) in the CDE. As a general rule, few candidates applied, and once elected, they rarely attended the council’s meetings. Two types of explanations for this phenomenon were drawn from our interviews with principals, teachers, parents, and students.

Of the 250 poorest communities in the United States, 244 are rural (Malhoit, 2005). One-fifth of all rural children in the United States live in poverty, and minority children living in rural areas are even more likely to be poor, with 46 percent of rural African American children and 43 percent of rural Native American children falling into this category (USDA, 2004). Rural schools are at a disadvantage when competing for resources for professional development and attracting qualified teachers, with one in four rural science teachers lacking in academic preparation or certification (National Science Board (NSB), 2006).

This government, whose leader was Violeta Chamorro, implemented economic deregulation policies and a general state downsizing plan. In the area of education, there was a significant reduction of the educational bureaucracy, through which the Education Ministry staff was reduced by 50 percent in less than two years. Decentralization strategies were implemented for municipalities as well as for schools. Within this framework, the policy outline called the Autonomous Schools Program (ASP) was developed and implemented.

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