The present Global Education program evolved from Skyline's Alternative Program. In the spring of 1978, a group of parents met and decided to write a proposal for an alternative classroom to be presented to the Solana Beach School Board. After acceptance, the first teacher was hired in the fall of 1978. Originally, the class was located at Central School (now known as the District Office). The program was moved on to the Skyline school site in 1980.
In 1992, the Alternative Program restructured and became known as the Global Education Program incorporating for the first time a two-way bilingual program strand. While adhering to the original tenets of the alternative Program, Global Education sought to expand its focus. As a result of the numerous lively and exciting discussion about global education, the 1992 task force was able to define Global Education, adopt the program philosophy, create a statement of purpose, establish the configuration of classes, explore the issue of evaluation, and identify requirements for participation.
The program's longevity is a result of relentless effort and tireless work of the school staff, parent groups, and the farsighted commitment of the Solana Beach School Board to provide for the parents and students in this community alternatives within the public school system.
“The principle goal of education is to create people who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating . . . what other generations have done - - - people who are creative, inventive and discoverers. The second goal of education is to form minds which can be critical, can verify, and not accept everything they are offered. The great danger today is of slogans, collective options, ready-made trends of thought. We have to be able to resist individually, to criticize, to distinguish between what is proven and what is not. So we need pupils who are active, who learn early to find out by themselves, partly by their own spontaneous activity and partly through material we set up for them; who learn early to tell what is verifiable and what is simply the first idea to come to them.”
(This quote was
included in the original
application in 1978)