I am writing a thesis on Alternative Education and am having a hard time finding out whether Montessori providers and mainstream Academicians are competitors or bedfellows. It seems to be different in each district. Answers from different experiences will give me an idea of how many unique situations are out there. 1. In your area has the school system traditionally been an antagonist toward the program and tried to discourage it? 2. Is your program encorporated into the public school district? If so, do they give the freedom/automony that is needed? 3. Is your program recommended to certain students by guidance counselors through an agreement between institutions? If so, do these individuals represent any real affinity to Montessori within the school system or are they just giving out free information? 4. Do you feel that despite support of your program, mainstream schools are still the enemy because of their teaching methods? Does your program have the support of the state but they would never allow it to be the dominant education provider? 5. Do you feel that education is a meeting place where all methods should be friends? 6. Is the Montessori student himself a competitor of the public school student, and is this competition a good thing? Any opinions would be appreciated.