Re: Gender Equality

Joe Jackson (
Tue, 28 Oct 1997 08:31:45 -0500

> I wanted to know that if the majority wanted to invite someone that was
> clearly their superior could they do so? Even someone that had an
> agenda, "intending to counteract the effects of a real or perceived
> societal evil." Have they ever done so? If so how long did he or she
> last?
> What if Sheri "strong feminist" Ponzi played her cards right and got
> elected to the staff at Sudbury? Would Alan and Joe be really really
> upset? Dale
> "Animal Farm" by George Orwell, page 123

I've been reading these, and I've gotta say they made me really think.
What you seem to be saying, Dale, is that the dynamic of democracy
is of the highest order, and if the majority wants to address any agenda
by operating within the context of the school meeting, it should be able to
do whatever manner it so desires.

I guess the picture I have in my head is of a SVS staff member still
has some of the trappings of a conventional school teacher - "they
should abandon all personal agenda in the interest of Education".

At this point I have to pretty much completely retract my whole "I
feel that it is not appropriate for a SVS-model staff to walk into the
school intending to counteract the effects of a real or perceived
societal evil by doing anything besides representing their views
honestly, respectfully, and as an equal." statement, because I
guess that a staff member, like a student, can represent their views
any way they like (perhaps dishonestly, disrespectfully, unequally, and
pontifically) and with any intent they like, as long as it doesn't violate
the rules. My humble apologies.

I do wonder, however, if anyone knows if some other technique besides
straight "one person, one vote" techniques have been used in a dem.
school (not that I am advocating this)? I'm talking about multivoting and
stuff like that.

That's all - please don't be _cross_ for my _pontificating_ from the bully

_pulpit_ of this _mass_ -distributed listserve.