Re: Gender Equality

Jerome Mintz (
Tue, 28 Oct 1997 13:09:25 -0500 (EST)

Dear Joe:
At the school which I founded, Shaker Mountain, we did develop a somewhat
different decision-making process. It was a democracy, with had some
protections for the minority. we learned the approach from the Mohawk
Indians in our early years. It never failed us in 17 years of use. The
article I have on it is too long to post here. If you e mail me I'll send
the file to you or anyone else who would like to see it.

Jerry Mintz
Alternative Educatioin Resource Organization

On Tue, 28 Oct 1997, Joe Jackson wrote:

> > 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.
> -Joe