Re: discuss-sudbury-model Getting involved from Australia

Joe Jackson (
Fri, 15 May 1998 22:39:30 -0400

Hi, Jonathan.

Why don't you start a Sudbury School in Australia?

-Joe Jackson

> From: Jonathan Dallwitz (J.D.) <>
> To:
> Subject: discuss-sudbury-model Getting involved from Australia
> Date: Friday, May 15, 1998 2:49 AM
> Hi All,
> I'm new to this list. I would appreciate some advice about how an
> Australian resident might become involved with Sudbury schools.
> When I was in 10th year (Australian Government-funded public school), a
> passionate English teacher whom I had a great respect for encouraged me
> become a teacher. Several days later I saw her again. She was red-eyed
> upset... she had just had an argument with the Principal about her
> unorthodox teaching methods. She said to me in despair that I should
> be a teacher after all... that like her, I would be frustrated by the red
> tape and hamstrung by the education system.
> That was 20 years ago. I have been through a range of educational
> experiences (most of them informal) since then. (An abbreviated list is
> below if you are interested.) Although I have not followed the formal
> of training to be a teacher, I now want to become involved in assisting
> people to learn in a way that I (and my teacher) did not have available.
> became particularly interested in the Sudbury Valley School model after
> reading several texts on the subject. During a visit to the United States
> visited the Cascade Valley School in Portland, Oregon. There I was kindly
> allowed to observe, and even participate for a day. I was profoundly
> by the deep wisdom of the children I spoke with there. It convinced me
> this was the right path to follow.
> How can I best proceed to become involved as a staff member in a
> Sudbury-type school? Being in Australia is somewhat of a challenge for
> as most development seems to be in the USA. I would even be prepared to
> travel to the USA and live there, although getting a work visa seems
> difficult. (I have attempted to contact the Booroobin Learning Center,
> school in Australia I know of.) Would it be a good idea to go back to
> University (I have a Bachelor of Science degree) and study for a post
> graduate Diploma of Education? Or would this year be wasted? What about
> other lines of study, such as transpersonal counselling? Should I try and
> get teaching experience in another type of alternative school here?
> are a few in Adelaide where I live.)
> Any advice, thoughts, or ponderings on the subject would be most welcome.
> Thanks in advance,
> Regards
> Jonathan Dallwitz
> * Formal Education:
> -Bachelor of Science degree
> (Most of my valuable learning came from extracurricular areas. For
> I was involved with the House Committee of the University Hall of
> Residence, organising activities for a diverse community.)
> * Work Experience:
> -Coordinator and trainer of volunteers at an interactive Science and
> Technology Centre.
> (Observed how people perceive, communicate, learn. Included school groups
> K-12, adults, and Aboriginal groups. One of the specialties of this
> is indigenous learning methods.)
> -Host at Ngapartji Multimedia Centre
> (introducing school groups and members of the public to computers and the
> internet.)
> -Project manager for small website design company.
> * Other stuff:
> -Recently attended a Process Orientated workshop on "Spirit and
> honoring differences and using conflict as a tool for reconciliation.
> was run by Arny and Amy Mindell of the Process Work Centre, Portland. I
> very interested in their relationship/community/world work, which
> encompasses the idea of "deep democracy". This appears to parallel the
> Sudbury philosophies.
> (For more information see their website at:,
> feel free to email me directly. I can gladly point anyone towards books
> etc. on the subject.)
> -Backpacked for a year through South America, and marvelled at this world
> we all share.