Re: Comparing the Sudbury Model

Dannyasher@aol.com
Sun, 6 Apr 1997 13:57:39 -0400 (EDT)

Dear Coby.

I liked your posting about SVS type schools vs unschooling. I also think
that no matter how democratic a family is it is a too small unit for children
to grow up in. I believe that they need an "outside the family community" to
belong to as well as to the family. The old villages in the non-western
world provided just that and here in the west we are obliged to create a
psuedo village for them and call it a school. The children get to belong to
a family and to a community which hopefully is in harmony with the family but
which is separate from them. It provides kids for a place of their own to
make relationships, to observe people of all ages, to learn skills that are
not the family's skills such as carpentry or putting on make-up ( skills that
my children enjoyed acquiring in the school), and above all it is a place in
which they can make mistakes in privacy from their parents. (staff kids
don't get the latter and it's really bad for them).

Hanna from SVS