discuss-sudbury-model Re: Educational Reform

Robin Martin (roses9@IDT.NET)
Tue, 19 May 1998 20:04:11 -0500

At 12:42 PM 5/19/98 -0700, Dale quoted an editorial that read:


>What’s needed are clearer guidelines for
>teachers and administrators, fewer loopholes for individual students,
>less unnecessary coddling. It is the only way the test can evolve into a
>true measure of learning.

Oh my, opinions like this make me ill at times! I'll refrain from the
sarcastic comments that first popped into my head as I read this--choosing
instead to refocus my energy to hopefully more constructive reflections...

As free schooling models like Sudbury evolve within the larger context of
education & society, how do we even begin to communicate with people whose
ways of thinking about school are in a completely different world or
paradigm from our own?? Or, do we not even try, and just go for
interacting with those people who are already wanting to create a different
life-style & approach to learning? Is there ANY common ground to be found
between the testing & measuring mentality and the more holistic & learning
for freedom ways of thinking??? If not, we can only envision that more &
more voices for freedom ring out as legislation gets passed & decisions
made on the state of educational reform in this country & beyond.

Pondering from Iowa,

Robin Martin
Coordinator & Co-Creator of
The Center for Inspired Learning
"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe