Re: Karen's Question: What did you think of SVS?

Greg Thelen (zelen@teleport.com)
Sat, 23 Nov 1996 22:05:58 -0800

Betsy,

Well said. I will add that during my six year involvement with Cascade
Valley School I have posed this question many times. All I can figure is
that there is a cultural assumption in operation that drives the system of
conventional schools. A basic assumption that few will consider with an
open mind: ADULTS KNOW BETTER THAN KIDS WHAT KIDS SHOULD LEARN. But the
*way* this assumption plays out in our culture of empowered adults and
unenfranchised young is terrible, because of the tremendous damage done to
children by adults who think their actions are justified by a percieved
responsibility to educate the young.

I don't see many signs that our culture is rethinking what I consider to be
the central issue: the general lack of recognition of the basic human
rights of children. I do believe this will change in time, as I believe
that the Equal Rights Amendment will eventually pass. Until then, we will
stay in the water and try to make progress against the tides, as you say.

Greg