Monday, May 12, 2008

Mr. Tilly, here are your answers.

I am not a fan of blogging (as you can tell by my upkeep) but here are the answers to Tilly's analytical model thing. I'm still having trouble finding answers to some of these and am starting to think that Alternative Education was a bad choice. Figures it'd come to me week 7, right?

What is the “campaign” of your movement?, What is the over all goal it wishes to accomplish?

The campaign of Alternative Education is to create a school environment that is tailor made for a child's learning style, personality and specific needs. Those that participate in Alternative Education don't believe that the state mandated and paid for education and curriculum can do so.

What is the campaign plan to achieve this goal?
For now, participants are content to keep their children either in home school or go to extensive ends to send their children to alternative public school if they do not have the means to home school

What are its “WUNC displays,” ie, how does it establish the legitimacy of its cause?

*How does it explain the worthiness of its cause?

In 2003 more than one million students were being home schooled, and that's not counting those who are in different forms of education.
*How does it demonstrate the unity of its followers?
Those that participate in home schooling are constantly getting together to compare curriculum, socialize and dispute the nay sayers. Those that participate in public alternative schooling rally to support their school , and the district that supports them.
*How does it document and use its number of followers and allies?
Alternative education doesn't really document those that participate in it, nor does it “use” those that support it.
*How does it prove that its followers are committed?
Simply by not attending traditional education, you support alternative education.

Who are the participants in the movement?
*Organizers – Who are the proponents initiating and guiding the movement?
*Activists – Who are the active followers?
*Authorities – Who or what are the powers the movement targets?
*Third parties – Who is in between? As public observers? Allies? “Objects of reform”?
I don't know. Blargh. I can't really find/talk about AltEd as a social movement. It's subersive and quiet. Exxcept in California. Silly Cali.

What are the claims of your movement?
*Program – What are the movement’s specific political goals?
To get alternative education recognized as a permanent structure in the architecture of education
*Identity – What shared traits or social positions hold the movement’s activists and followers together?
Having or being a student who is stunted and shunned in traditional education.
*Standing – What political rights make the movement possible? What material conditions?

Are web technologies creating/transforming your movement?

Before the Internet, Alternative education (especially home schooling) was an off the grid, lonely thing. Now though, the Internet allows for people to blog and share resources and let their students explore out side of even what parents and educators set in assignments and curriculum, letting educators put together there own educating style and information.

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