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Juliette LaMontagne

Founder & Managing Director, Breaker


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What are the advantages/disadvantages of learning models that exist outside of traditional educational institutions?

With the growing number of alternative learning pathways and opportunities to better serve the needs of individual students, what's working best? And what can we learn from the failures and tensions? Where and how have the models in the margins effectively disrupted the status quo?

I'll add to the conversation my current initiative, Breaker - driving alternative learning and social innovation by mobilizing interdisciplinary teams of young creative collaborators to design product solutions to global challenges.

This Live Conversation will start on Feb. 15, 2012, 1:00pm EST/ 10:00am PST


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    Feb 15 2012: My question has more to do with higher learning eligibility when you've home schooled. I am currently homeschooling and am concerned that if my daughter wants to attend a university, that she will not be able to. I feel that she has been better served in this option than any public school she's attended and is getting a much better education and is able to really focus on her strengths. I am concerned that her choices are limited. Can you comment on how higher education views home school? And what are her options?
    • Feb 15 2012: This depends on the college/university. My experience is that many colleges are willing to take a portfolio instead of a transcript. You may also consider working with a correspondence or charter school for the last few years of highschool to get the diploma.
      My siblings and I took the second route, but some of my younger sisters are taking the first route. The number of schools willing to take portfolios is going up and up - so contact the schools she's interested in, and see what their policies are! I never felt limited in my choices, and I never went to school until college. I'm now about to graduate with a master's degree (it worked for me) - so I have no doubt that she can succeed.
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        Feb 15 2012: Thank you, Sally. I home schooled my son as well but he went straight into the military. I am glad to know that her options aren't as limited as I thought.
        • Feb 15 2012: Hi Lisa,

          I was homeschooled in the '80s and '90s and had no trouble applying to universities then and it's only become easier as more people choose this option. Just keep detailed records and you'll be fine!
          It also helps to take some standardized tests such as the ACT, SAT, and AP exams.
          All the best!

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