The Learning Alternative: Pros and Cons

Elyse is a 17 year old pun connoisseur who resides in the “Lone Star State.” She enjoys collaging fashion boards, studying the works of Steinbeck, and designing jewelry.

A typical school consists of eight-hour days, trickles of precisely assorted tests, and heavily heaped loads of homework Monday through Friday. A typical student hastens through the eight hours, refuels for an additional two of extracurricular activities, and comes home to complete a mountainous load of assignments. That used to be me, until a heavenly unique transition proposed an offer. This proposition promised two and a half hours of thirty-minute classes Monday through Thursday, intimate settings, accommodating schedules, and undivided attention throughout the year. By signing this contract, gold and yellow pep rallies would rest in peace, homecoming games would take place without my observations, and finding the perfect prom dress would remain in my dreams. To kiss the highlights of school goodbye? Or warmly welcome a new adventure? Needless to say, the agreement was signed with pride, and sealed with a smile.

 

For most, an alternative learning experience isn’t often prioritized in the minds of parents. Due to their hardly recognizable existence, the innovative methods of teaching they exude tend to have a disregarded presence within the plethora of private, public, Montessori, and boarding schools. The entire process of learning doesn’t limit itself to the classroom, but is further extinguished in the free time of those who pursue outside interests. In alternative schools, this is a key factor that plays a distinct roll in the education of the child. Throughout my experience, I’ve met nationally ranked tennis players, eighth grade non-profit organization establishers, competitive dancers, and golf professionals while still being a “typical” high school student. Alternative schools have the tendency to beat the odds, and push through with sheer success. It caters to the students needs, enhances their strengths, and builds on defeating their weaknesses. Through time management, and independent learning, positive outcomes are more than likely to occur.

 

This opportunity has broadened my horizons and changed my perspectives as to what different methods of learning truly entail. Sacrificing the common activities in high school can be a challenge, due to sparse amounts of alternative schools, finding the perfect fit may be a hassle, and making an extreme transition can potentially seem unconquerable, but throughout the process, valuable life lessons are learned.

 

It teaches one to adapt to changes, welcome changes, and appreciate changes. Taking a chance on the unusual has its share of highs and lows, but ultimately, gaining the experience is a priceless treasure that is entirely worthwhile.

 

 

 

 

 

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