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Review of SKOLE (SKOLE ),
the Journal of Alternative Education
by long-time subscriber John Potter, poetic founder
and director of the New School of Northern Virginia
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SKOLE feels like a friend to me.
It arrives in the mail
I pick it up
and always hold it in my hand
and look at it.
I usually don't open it,
but
just as the magpie stores those things
of great value
in a special place
I will put it in that place... but later.
First, it must just hang around the dining room table
so I can see that it has arrived
this product of devotion
to freedom and to kids everywhere.
I walk through the kitchen
and glance at it.
It is very good that this is in my house
it affects the way I feel.
You see, I know that it has distilled
authenticity,
heartfelt opinions from well meaning people,
generosity of spirit
and a purity I can't quite describe
between the covers.
It is bound with optimism, hope and love.
These qualities just radiate from it
as it sits on the table.
 
Such is SKOLE for me.
I have opened it
and read it from cover to cover
Otherwise I would not be able to say the things I have.
But never have I found a journal
filled with writing, as all journals are,
which says more to me through its mere presence in my house
than it does through the words it contains.
 
Things come and go
and I am very, very sad that
there will not be new editions to grace my house
But,
the old ones feel like new.

SKOLE started its quarterly publication in the fall of 1985 as a vehicle for the National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools, and when it proved too individualistic to be accepted any longer as their own publication, it became a general resource for alternative educational writers both adult and child. It finally has come to a full stop with a double issue for Fall, '97-Winter, '98, which you may order (or any of the back issues) by clicking here. There is also a complete index of articles, reviews, interviews, school profiles et al, which you may scan by clicking here.

Its successor will be known as Paths of Learning. The first issue is scheduled to come out early in April, 1999. It will be edited by Richard Prystowsky, a professor of literature and humanities at the Irvine campus of California's state university system. You may contact Richard at rjprys@ix.netcom.com to submit articles. Paths is published by The Foundation for Educational Renewal. We wish them all success! For ordering information for Paths, you should call 800 639-4122

or e-mail Charles Jakiela at CSJ@great-ideas.org. Click here for more information and a view of the current issue.

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