Curious about what types of alternative education currently exist in the world? And, wondering how Acton Academy Taipei fits into the mix?
Here’s a quick breakdown, based on Peterson’s blog post, on what kinds of education you can pursue if traditional schooling doesn’t fit you, your child’s temperament, or your family’s philosophies.
This is likely the most long-standing type of alternative education, in which a child is educated primarily by their parent at home.
Many homeschoolers follow a set curriculum and others piecemeal their studies, pulling from different resources. Homeschooling allows the family to learn together and work on projects as a team, allowing the student to feel supported and assume a leadership role in a safe environment.
It is an incorrect and unfortunate stereotype that homeschoolers never leave home and are woefully un-socialized. Most homeschool families take part in classes, clubs, groups, co-ops and the like to give the homeschooled student a well-rounded education. Many states even have homeschool sports teams and gym classes.
If you’d like to learn more about online schooling, you can dive deeper by visiting this site here. According to Peterson’s, here’s what they say about online schooling:
Accessibility to technology and the internet has allowed for a rise in children being educated at home through an online school program. Online programs are taught by experienced teachers who follow a curriculum. They teach lessons, interact with their students, give tests and quizzes and keep records of the students’ grades. The services that online schools provide is extremely helpful when it comes to taking some of the pressure off of the homeschool parents’ shoulders.
We’ve been in touch with parents who have children with ADHD and find that unschooling, especially being in nature, has been an incredibly helpful way to encourage their children’s best development.
When a parent wishes to erase the influences of the public school system, time spent unschooling may be the ideal option. Unschooling does not involve any set curriculum or standards. It allows students to freely follow their interests without the constraints of assignments, grades and schedules.
Many expat families or digital nomads believe in world schooling, in which you raise your children in a third culture, different from ones that either parent grew up in. These can be immersion programs or longer stays, and in some countries, the international schools are quite long-standing and prestigious.
World Schooling is something we’re ideally looking to launch in 2019 with Mandarin-language immersion programs for students from around the world to participate in!
This is a great website for you to dive deeper into the best schools in countries around the world.
Traditionally, private education was most commonly found at religious academies.
While far less common, there are some secular private schools scattered throughout the country. Sometimes going under the names of Democratic schools, Waldorf Schools or Montessori Schools, they all offer a unique approach to non-public education. With an emphasis placed on nature studies, independence and creativity, secular private schools attract many non-traditional students and families.
Military school used to be the thing of threats made by parents to misbehaving youth. Now, it is a viable education option for students looking for high-quality academics and post-graduation opportunities.
Military schools have a low dropout rate compared to that of public schools. They also boast excellent sports teams and the chance to learn independence and respect. Many military schools are boarding schools where the students live on the school’s campus, but others may offer schooling services to local students without requiring that they live on campus.
So… where does Acton Academy Taipei fit?
We’d like to say that we’re a non-traditional educational opportunity that’s a great balance of private education, world schooling, homeschooling, and even a bit of unschooling!
With so many quality options available, including forest schools that truly emphasize nature, We Grow (via We Work’s collaborative co-working space) that emphasizes conscious education rooted in entrepreneurialism, and even tiny schools, what elements of schooling do love for your children? What would you like to be even more disruptive?