Re: DSM: Learning disabilities at SVS

Joe Jackson (
Tue, 26 May 1998 00:35:42 -0400

Hi, Sara!

As a co-founder of the Fairhaven School here in Davidsonville, MD, I would
love to see another Sudbury Model School happen here in MD. Please let me
know if there's anything you need from us, or just if you want to bounce
some of your ideas off us -- belive me, we've dealt with every problem
there is in starting a Sudbury School in MD.

- Joe Jackson

> From:
> To:
> Subject: Re: DSM: Learning disabilities at SVS
> Date: Monday, May 25, 1998 11:45 AM
> > In a message dated 98-05-24 17:09:16 EDT, you write:
> >
> > << As far as ADD etc, if
> > a child is free to come and go wherever, whenever and doesn't have to
> > attention to stuff he's not interested in, how could anyone say he has
> > attention problem. The school environment creates these
> > I'm totally convinced of this. It's very sick and sad. We are
> > generations of creativity and curiosity. >>
> >
> I tutor in school (mostly K-6) through a prevention grant obtained by
> our local housing authority. I'm finding it more and more difficult to
> focus on the academics, and feel that the most important thing I do with
> these kids is have a one-on-one relationship with them--as a person who
> cares about them, is reliable and can be trusted. I like them the way
> they are, and most of them are so curious about the world that opening
> to any page in an encyclopedia takes us on an exploration (via their
> questions and observations) that wouldn't otherwise happen in their
> lives. These kids are fun, and they know what they like to do and what
> they want to learn about, but choice does not exist for them in school.
> My longing is to create an alternative "learning" environment for
> them--an SVS-type of school. The way I see that happening in the public
> school system is through a charter school--one designed for those kids
> who most teachers would be glad to have removed from their classrooms.
> However, I think that MD does not yet have charter schools. Actually,
> if I had lots of money, I could just start my own SVS school, under the
> auspices of the housing authority or a local church or independently.
> And there just may be a foundation out there somewhere that would
> support such an alternative school. I'm driven by this idea, and am
> thinking of doing grad school via Vermont College this fall with a focus
> on alternative education. The ultimate goal being the creation of this
> school. The kids would love it--a school where they could be themselves
> and learn through their own agenda.
> Sara