Re: DSM: Learning disabilities at SVS

KleinCon (
Tue, 26 May 1998 08:27:27 EDT

In a message dated 98-05-26 02:59:20 EDT, Joe wrote:

<< My understanding of the Sudbury Model is that if we avoid persuading or
making suggestions to children, at the expense of them not learning what we
want them to, when we want them to, they then reap the personal rewards,
self-esteem, and character of having started, conducted, and concluded the
whole learning process. It's almost as if by an adult suggesting what &
when to learn, a little yet essential piece of ownership of that process is
taken away.

I think a staff member would certainly not recommend a book in the manner
you mentioned, but I would say that parents are free to relate to their
children in any manner they wish. >>


I disagree. I find nothing wrong with adults (any adults) making suggestions
to kids, so long as it is done in an environment in which the freedom to say
"no" is in place. To withhold this option from adults is to require them to
leave a part of themselves "at the door" when they arrive at school. Part of
what I enjoy in my relationships with my friends of all ages is the cross-
fertilization of ideas and knowledge. Why should I forego this in my
relationships with those who are younger than 20?