Re: Schools vs Freedom
Sun, 16 Mar 1997 09:55:20 -0500 (EST)

Hi, this is my first response to this discussion group. I've lost track of
who said what on this topic, but I am definitely glad that we have this
forum to present all sides of even controversial issues.

As one of the founders of the new Liberty Valley School, I agree that an SVS
school's primary mission is to maintain the democratic system so that our
children will be free to develop into responsible citizens. The key in this
situation is that both an SVS school and its members exist (and should be
active) in the broader community. To be responsible citizens implies general
acceptance of the law. In our school, I believe the School Meeting
democratically decides its body of laws "of, by, and for" its members. Yes,
on occasion, the School Meeting may deliberate and deviate from a specific
law in a "Thoreau-esque" situation, but, on balance, I believe its body of
laws will be generally supportive of the broader community. It is my opinion
that our School Meeting will be fully capable of deliberating on the Internet
censorship issue - when its members decide to deliberate on this matter. I
also believe that this issue will be dealt with sooner rather than later,
because I am of the opinion that our members will on their own realize that
Internet access will be a key education enabler as we enter the 21st century.

Till later,
Bill Bucki