Alternative Learning

There has always been a large amount of discourse over the ways in which individuals are educated throughout their child- and adolescent-hoods. Over time the most commonly used methods of teaching have come to be memorisation, demonstration, recitation, and participation (that’s a lot of “ations”). However in truth, the mainstream, public education system methods are not objectively the correct ways of teaching kids. In fact there is a lot of data that is leading people to believe that there are many drawbacks to the stress-heavy, info-dumping system that the majority of students are being taught with today. It is clear that in order to be successful one definitely needs memorization skills, and the ability to communicate/collaborate, and experience in many other subjects of the like. However, there are a lot of evidence-based arguments that suggest there are far better methods of giving a large population of students these skills so that they can succeed. There are many things I could say about the experiences I’ve had here at Nova–an alternative high school–and how they’ve been beneficial in giving me a solid education as an individual. But I have decided to look to other students here at school for input via survey instead. Each question on said-survey will break down one key benefit of an alternative learning environment, and ask a small sample of students if that aspect of an alternative education applies to their experience at Nova.

Survey Results

Total Participants- 10

Personalised and Skill-Based Learning: Having more individual attention and focusing on using your “learning strengths” to tackle assignments and subjects.

Not at All: 0%

A Little: 0%

A lot: 40%

Always: 60%

Engaging and Beneficial Teaching Styles

The manner in which subjects are taught is engaging and impactful.

Not at All: 0%

A Little: 10%

A lot: 30%

Always: 60%


Relieving of the pressure of grades, while being helpful for focusing on fully grasping the subject at hand as opposed to fixating on good scores.

Not at all: 0%

A little: 40%

A lot: 40%

Always: 20%

 Integrated Curriculum  

Subject matter conveyed in a way that is relevant, and can be connected to real life situations. 

Not at All: 0%

A little: 0%

A lot: 20%

Always: 80%

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