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        Edited collection seeking essays about student experiences
in “free” or alternative schools. Despite many current debates about
education (Charter Schools, accountability, “No Child Left Behind,”
national standards, etc.), there has been little attention paid to
students who have experienced education without tests, grades, assigned
curriculum, or other forms of external pressure to learn. What does self-
directed learning look like? What kinds of environments are created in
these “free schools”? What kinds of projects/work take place in
alternative schools? How do alternative schools change the experience of
        We are looking for well-crafted personal reflections on
alternative education. We’re not looking for arguments about the pros and
cons, or scholarly research on alternative education. Just tell your
story. Positive and negative experiences are welcome.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
• Relationships with teachers
• Descriptions of particular projects or learning experiences
• Reasons why students opted out of traditional schools
• Alternative schools as communities/within their larger communities
• The transitioning from an alternative school to a traditional
school, and vice versa
• Reflections on how alternative education shaped your life after
• For those who have become teachers themselves: how has your
alternative education has informed your own ways of teaching?

PHOTOS and artwork also considered.

Editors: Aeron Haynie is Associate Professor and former chair of the
English department at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She has
published scholarly work on Victorian literature, college teaching, and
has published creative nonfiction essays. She attended The Central
Community School (CCS), an open-classroom “free school” in Buffalo, New
York from 1970 to 1975.

Julian Fleron is Professor of Mathematics at Westfield State College, a
college founded by Horace Mann as the nation’s first coeducation teachers
college. His scholarly work and publications span a number of areas in
mathematics and mathematics education, often focusing on the negative
impact of public (mis)perceptions of mathematics. He too is a CCS
alumni - 1970 to 1974.

Deadline: proposals or complete essays by February 15, 2009.

Length: 1,500 to 4,000 words (about 5 to 20 double-spaced pages).

Format: Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and paginated. Please
include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and a short

Submitting: Send essays to
Or mail to Aeron Haynie, Associate Professor of English and Humanities,
TH 331, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay,
WI 54311.

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