Re: some questions regarding the SVS model vs traditional

jlilly (
Wed, 20 Nov 1996 20:28:03 -0600

Welcome Swifty,

Although I am new also I can suggest the first book of many, "Free at
Last". You can also check out the S.V.S. homepage if you haven't already
done that. I will chat later when time allows.

Chat you later,


At 05:21 PM 11/20/96 -0500, you wrote:
>hello, all. i have been reading this list for several weeks, and i am
>delurking sufficiently to ask a question or two, though i don't intend
>to be overly prolific in this forum (i write quite enough messages on
>i am a 16 year old in medford, ma, and i am interested in going to
>sudbury valley (once i get through various constraints, economic and
>i have had several discussions with my therapist -- who also runs a
>special needs school and does several other things (her life is a bit
>hectic:) -- about SVS..
>i explained to her the ideas behind SVS, and she has expressed disbelief
>that the concept can work.
>all of the people she has talked to about the school have spoken about
>it in a negative way..
>some of what she heard was that SVS teaches the bright students, while
>letting others "fall by the wayside," and that graduates of SVS "don't
>know how to write a term paper."
>basically, what i would like to know from the members of this list is:
>in your experiance with SVS-model schools, is above average
>intelligence/creativity required to succeed? do these schools fail to
>effectively educate students who are less intelligent or academic?
>are graduates of SVS-model schools able to cope with the demands of
>college and the workplace better/worse/the-same/just-differantly than
>students of traditional schools?
>i would appreciate any ideas you have about these, or other aspects of
>the success of the SVS model relative to traditional schooling...
>...even if you don't feel they are appropriate to distribute to the
>list, i.e. if the topic has been covered here before (which i imagine it
>might have been), i would appreciate comments/replies at
> :)
> -swifty.