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Should the alternative school reopen?

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    Posted by U13834029 (U13834029) on Tuesday, 24th March 2009

    Hi Guys,

    I don't know if you've heard about an alternative school in Scotland where students can study what they like. For example if you wanted to study English all morning you could. The school believes in flexible education as opposed to what there is in ordinary schools.

    The school is supposed to open this year.

    I'd like to know what some of you think about it, would it be good to go to a school like that?

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    Posted by U13884252 (U13884252) on Tuesday, 24th March 2009

    No way cos people would just choose wateva subject they liked all the time and wouldnt learn anythin else! <biggrin>

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    Posted by U13885841 (U13885841) on Tuesday, 24th March 2009

    This is a fantatic idea!!!! i would love to go to this school so i didnt have GCSE these exams are getting me down down deeper n down! :(

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    Posted by U13887006 (U13887006) on Wednesday, 25th March 2009


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    Posted by wendywink (U13864558) on Thursday, 26th March 2009

    well its a good idea but thx to the way society is you need to have certain gcses to get into uni so wouldnt work

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    Posted by U13786492 (U13786492) on Saturday, 4th April 2009

    I doubt that many students would attend this school because i doubt that many parents would be willing to pay for their child's education and have to trust them to do the work, it could also cause family problems if the children choose against exams and homework meanwhile the parents want teh opposite. On the other hand I think it is a good idea and would give more creative students a better education because they wouldn't necessarily have to study the sciences or maths-but do we really want a generation of people that can't do basic arithmatic, understand basic scientific concepts or read and write?

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    Posted by U13908449 (U13908449) on Wednesday, 8th April 2009

    This debate is one where its both right from both sides..hmmmm...

    In one sense its a good idea since it allows people to completely concentrate on subjects they want to learn (even though u can choose most subjects in "ordinary schools"). Choosing to do h/w would be good since i know some h/w which doesn't really suit my way of learning. So in fact maximum flexibility is a good thing. Surely if the student had enough commitment and determination then they would have enough will power to adapt and do well in this school.

    BUT, for all the people who said that they would love not to do exams they r stupid. Because i really doubt that u would be happy in 20 years time without any qualifications and i think that parents get the wrong idea by this "open school". No child would not want to do well in life and exams (no matter how bad or hard) are the building blocks of that. If they don't have enough will power to act mature and say "yeah i want to do exams" then they may be taken in by this school and regret it.

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    Posted by U14084842 (U14084842) on Wednesday, 29th July 2009

    I'd give anything to go to a school like that, but my parents could never afford it. I think state schools should become less obsessed with results and more like that one.

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    Posted by Sweet_Breeze (U14097183) on Tuesday, 11th August 2009

    I think it would be good to go to a normal school in Primary but then in High School and above you can study what you like. This way you get a basic education but then can study more of what you are interested in. Also, it means you can get a more thorough education in the subjects you need for the job you want, because you can spend most of your time studying that subject. This way you the get best of both worlds!Sweet_Breeze ;)

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    Posted by LadyShrew (U13655345) on Wednesday, 12th August 2009

    In the alternative school, exams are not compulsary. This means that loads of people are going to leave that school without qualifications and think it's perfectly fine. This is wrong, because later on in life, if they find that they need qualifications to achieve, they're going to blame the school which didn't exactly encourage exams.

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    Posted by U14255445 (U14255445) on Sunday, 13th December 2009

    I think it depends entirely on the person. There are some people who would clearly do very well in these schools and may get opportunities to thrive which they wouldn't otherwise get. For example if they had a particular interest in one subject or were gifted but didn't do well in exams due to the stress.
    However, there are some people who would take advantage and choose to not go to lessons or do homework because that is just the way some people are, and not everyone enjoys education.

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    Posted by countdowntosummer'10 (U14283967) on Thursday, 7th January 2010

    I don't think you should be eligible to enrol until Sixth Form as general knowledge is required nowadays about most subjects to get by in todays competitive atmosphere. :)

    Also I think they are a great idea for people who are thinking of dropping out of school after GCSE's because then they will be interested in attended school if they can choose their genuine interests <ok> At least then they could gain a more high profile, skill specific job :)

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    Posted by The Miley Kid (U14287346) on Friday, 8th January 2010

    I would enjoy a school like that, because you should be able to choose what you want to do with your life. But it would be nice to learn something different once in a while, and you might not learn that much at all.

    I don't know if I explained it that well, but I hope I did.
    ~The Miley Kid~

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    Posted by Sunni aka Vinegar (U14302122) on Sunday, 28th February 2010

    I think this is be bad because some students would just chose what they like but really you need a wide range of education...


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    Posted by Pinkycoolkats! (U14366180) on Wednesday, 3rd March 2010

    Hiya Guys
    I found that a reallly interesting discussion, because I am home educated. My mum teaches me at home.
    Some HE people aren't very structured, so they just go out and do lesure stuff, but me and my sister do normal school work from books and we sit down at the dining table to do work every morning.
    Guiet alot of people home ed. their kids because they have some sort of special needs problem. E.g. they are Dislexic, they have something that makes them not be able to read/write.

    I just thought you might like to know a bit about my life as a Home Edder, and if you have any q's, just ask away!!

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    Posted by izziwizzi97 (U14368330) on Thursday, 4th March 2010

    Hi...I think it is a great idea. If you want to say be a author or something you wouldnt want to spend most of your time studying other subjects like maths and science when you want to write books.Also, many people might say just study art and drama, which they then maybe later on might want to use in a career. I think it is a great idea as I want to be and why am I wasting my time studying science and maths. I would love to go to that school...

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