Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) schools, which provide an alternative to state-supported and other church schools, began in the United States, but their growth in Australia has been rapid. In 1977, there was only one ACE school in Australia, but by 1982 there were 10. The schools, which are committed to Christian fundamentalism, are run by local churches. The package of ACE instructional materials cover kindergarten through high school, and are inexpensive ($5,000). According to ACE advertising, working with two non-professionals, one teacher can instruct 40-50 students in one room and with any combination of grades. The curriculum of ACE takes up and simplifies the views of the Protestant fundamentalists, and supports prayer, censorship of texts, a strong and traditional family, and corporal punishment. ACE emphasizes Biblical orthodoxy and separation from the outside world. ACE classrooms consist of study carrels, which promote private individual study. Programmed learning materials are included in all subjects, but only English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies are mandatory. Students work to receive rewards for achievement. The ACE schools have been criticized for religious, racial and community segregation, and conflicts between ACE and government schools systems are intensifying in Australia. (KH)
ERIC Note: In: Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australian Comparataive and International Education Society (10th, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, November 24-26, 1982); see UD 024 860.