Gender Equality

Coby Smolens (
Thu, 16 Oct 1997 00:19:44 -0700

Dear Sheri,

The philosophy which Sudbury schools share has its basis in the
conviction that trusting people to pursue their own interests, to be
responsible for their own destinies is self-fulfilling prophesy. In a
culture where this is the living norm -- that I trust you to know what
is right for you, whether you are male. female, older, younger, brown,
pale, whatever -- people will grow into the fullest, most powerful
expression of who they are and find the deepest fullfilment in their
particular place on the planet.

The operative words here are trust, trust and more trust. In the school
our kids will attend there is no room for fear -- that they will grow up
this way instead of that way, or that way instead of this. In the school
we are building there isn't a lot of room for -ism's or -ist's, at least
not if those suffixes are part of an agenda which is to be superimposed
on the minds of others.

This is not to say that I am not allowed my own opinions within the
context of the community -- I would not be a fully functional member of
the social order if I couldn't share my views, and passionately! But the
point at which I begin (with the highest intentons) to attempt to
control the way _you_ see the world, out of my passionate belief in the
rightness of my views, is the point at which ( I hope) my job as a staff
person in the school I am working toward is up for some SERIOUS review.
... We don't need no education,
... We don't need no thought control,
... No dark sarcasm in the classroom.
... Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone!

Pink Floyd, the Wall