Re: Diversity in Democratic Schools

Charles (
Wed, 4 Sep 1996 10:39:51 -0700 (PDT)

On Tue, 3 Sep 1996 wrote:

> It is terribly difficult to convince anyone at all that this is a sensible
> way to educate children. We all take any family that can pay tuition and can
> manage to pretend at least for a while that they can deal with the worry that
> having children play all day brings to them without going over the edge.
> They don't really have to support the philosophy, as Romey wishfully says.
> They have to hope that they can long enough to get us a student body.
> If we don't get/keep these schools going, who possibly could? If we don't
> create these schools, then no children at all will be able to go to them. If
> we don't create models no one will be able to see that it works, so it won't
> spread more deeply into the society and eventually be available (and
> acceptable -- by far the biggest problem) to a larger segment of the
> population. So maybe it will be time to worry about whether or not to
> massage the right mixture into the student and staff group someday (I hope
> not, it is odious to me), but not now: any mixture at all will suffice.

This is so obviously right that I wish it could stand as the final word in
this increasingly tiresome thread.

Couldn't we just move on now?

Charles Bell