January 09, 2007

Steller good old days sought

Those Isengard readers who have an interest in progressive education in Anchorage, Alaska, may be interested in a site and blog dedicated to restoring Steller Secondary Alternative School to its open optional roots. A group of parents and students concerned that the place has gotten a bit traditional, middle-of-the-road, and even preppy, have begun a movement to return the school to its ideals or to start a new one. The site is at http://www.renewsteller.org. Alumni are welcome to participate.


Blogger Latouche at Large said...

Dr. X posts this from The Citadel, home of 'The Law Barracks':

"That's terrific. But on the last go-round I think there was a bit too much indulgence of the adolescent spirit - it was a little too vers libre if you get my drift.

"Benchmarking! That's the method nowadays. Identify best practices and implement.

"Here are some schools I think CASE07 should evaluate carefully:

"1) In the matter of discipline, I'd look first to the Whampoa Military Academy. Funded by the Soviets and officered by the Germans, they knew from discipline. Following their example, Steller could become renowned for its contributions to America's officer corps."

"2) Of course a structured approach is not for everyone. Sometimes the teacher must become involved in a random and violent way. So perhaps it would be appropriate to study the techniques of the Zen teacher Ekido, who who hit inattentive students with a stick, occasionally killing one. In spite of this, or perhaps because of it, his school produced an unusually high number of enlightened graduates.

"3) My greatest complaint about Steller in the late 70s was its notable lack of human torpedo capability. That's why it is so important to understand the approach of the Gruppu Scuole of COMSUBIN, the educational division of the premier Italian underwater commando force. I have no idea how Steller has gotten along so far without this knowledge.

"Or, you could just send everyone home and have them study at MIT. That's what I'm doing with my kids."

January 9, 2007 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger The Laird of Madrona said...

Dr. X: please call. Therapists are standing by.

January 10, 2007 at 12:09 AM  

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