Alternatives in Education
Alternative in Education looks at many ways Illinois’s students are educated, as found in public schools, independent/private schools, religious schools, home schooling, Chicago Public and university partnerships. This project will examine examples of all of these located throughout Illinois.
America’s public schools have a long tradition of excellence in educating the nation’s children. But in the late 20th and early 21st Century there are many parents who look for other options for educating their children. Parochial and other private schools have always been an important alternative for parents, but increasingly other choices have emerged. Often, these schools are part of the public school system, reaching a specific niche or a special need. Whether it is a Math-Science Academy, military programs, school for the deaf, or many others, they are all equally dedicated to providing quality education for the nation’s youth. And increasingly, parents are considering charter schools, voucher programs, and even home schooling as viable alternatives. All of these alternatives are examined in this project, as well as why these trends seem to be growing, and the critique they receive.