What is alternative education? It covers all the options outside of the standard school systems. Some well-known examples from local-Earth include Montessori and Waldorf.
In Terramagne, Montessori schools are more common and extend through higher grade levels. Education for superkids is an issue, because until recently, there hasn't been sufficient density to offer a school specially tailored for them. The closest is that the Marionettes have established schools for their kids, powered and unpowered alike. T-Maldives is using that for some inspiration, but they'll draw the main framework from the Waldorf tradition because it already supports spiritual growth -- all they need to do is rip out anything that doesn't fit and replace it with Muslim-friendly content. There are also some alt-school systems particular to Terramagne:
Waldenkinder is a T-American alternative school that draws some inspiration from Waldorf and Montessori models, Waldenkinder has a naturalistic theme and believes that children learn best from going outside and doing things for themselves. It was founded by a German husband and a Jewish wife who left Germany for America in 1934 and started the first school in 1935. In good weather, most activities take place outdoors. In bad weather, students study in classrooms with natural furnishings and large windows, then make shorter excursions outside. Teachers present some lessons, but a majority of the learning is self-directed. It was introduced in "The Heart to Rejoice."
Reflétant l’école is an alternative school designed to support children's urge to mimic adults. It was developed by a French-speaking community in T-Vermont who wanted an effective system of education that scaled well across socioeconomic classes, and it represents a formal version of historic practices. It is customarily a French immersion school for that reason, although it doesn't have to be.
Circle System is a T-American alternative school with Pagan roots. It includes a homeschool system, camps, and a few schoolbuildings. It is supported by a publisher called the Circle Living Library, which puts out coloring books, activity pages, storybooks, workbooks, and other educational and entertainment materials for Pagan families. The Circle System emphasizes spirituality, nature studies, history, and the fine arts. It has produced many historians, naturalists, scientists, activists, painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians, liturgists, and more. It also includes modules for a number of major traditions including Asatru, Druidry, Eclectic Paganism, Shamanism, Strega, and Wicca. These can be used to customize a school for different faiths, so for instance, the musical track in an Asatru school would train skalds while a Druid school would train bards.
Among my more relevant series:
An Army of One, Fiorenza the Wisewoman, Frankenstein's Family, Hart's Farm, Path of the Paladins, Starfather, and The Steamsmith.
Polychrome Heroics features a wide range of educational elements, of which the more salient examples include Calliope, Cassandra, Cuoio and Chiara, Danso and Family, Dr. Infanta, the Iron Horses, Officer Pink, Pain's Gray, and Shiv.
I have a linkback poem, "Cafuné" (7 verses, LIFC).
If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts. I am now.) Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.
Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration.
I'm going to host a Poetry Fishbowl on my blog on Tuesday, April 2. I'll be soliciting ideas for thematic characters, plots, settings, objects, and poetic forms in particular. Chances are I'll spend a good chunk of the day, from afternoon to evening or more, alternating between this site and doing stuff offline so my back doesn't weld itself to the chair.
Perks: I will post at least one of the resulting fishbowl poems on the blog for everyone to enjoy, and an extra one if there's at least one new prompter or donor. The rest will be available for audience members to buy, and whatever's left over will go into my archive for magazine submission.
If donations total $100 then you get a free $15 poem; $150 gets you a free $20 poem; and $200 gets you a free epic, posted after the Poetry Fishbowl. These will usually be series poems if I have them; otherwise I may offer non-series poems or series poems in a different size. If donations reach $250, you get one step toward a bonus fishbowl; three of these activates the perk, and they don't have to be three months in a row. Everyone will get to vote on which series, and give prompts during the extra fishbowl, although it may be a half-day rather than a whole day. If donations reach $300, there will be a half-price sale in one series.
I want to promote linkbacks pointing people to the "Fishbowl Open" post on Tuesday. I have a spare series poem available, and each linkback will reveal a verse of "Cafuné" (LIFC). One person can do multiple links if they're on different services, like Twitter or LiveJournal, rather than all on Dreamwidth.
(See the complete list of current perks.)
If you enjoy my poetry -- or if you just love poetry in general, or want to promote interest in learning -- please mark the fishbowl date on your calendar. Drop by and give me some ideas, comment on the posted poetry, encourage people to come look, whatever tickles your fancy. I hope to see you then!