Re: the right to pursue excellence (Off-topic rant)
Thu, 8 May 1997 07:29:05 -0400 (EDT)

In a message dated 97-05-08 02:40:28 EDT, Charlie wrote:

If you don't like the Government the way it is (I know _I_ don't), by
all means work to change it, but don't buy into the bullshit line that
the cash-eating megaliths behind the current "down with government"
craze are your benevolent friends who could really get down to the
business of making the world a better place if those gosh-darned, pesky
civil servants didn't keep getting in the way. >>


Your posting is a womderful reminder to me of the fact that our democratic
schools have attracted folks from both (all?) sides of the political
spectrum. In the 1960's, when I first got into it, alternative education, it
seemed to me, was the "property" of us "left-wing radicals". I am very much
aware now that we have attracted, in addition, the attention and support of
the "right-wing radicals". Dan, Hanna, Mimsy, et al, of course, were able to
span both "camps" by linking SVS's philosophy to the basic beliefs that
underpin our country, and rightly so.

One of my challenges, both on this list and in working with parents and
teachers at my daughter's school here in Maryland, has been to submerge my
political ideology in pursuit of common ground educationally!