Re: DSM: Learning disabilities at SVS

Joe Jackson (shoeless@erols.com)
Tue, 26 May 1998 15:30:51 -0400

> Joe,
>
> 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?
>
> Alan

Hi Alan -

I think we've had this conversation before, but I do think that staff is
staff and students are students, and that staff has a responsibility to
restrain themselves from initiating the education of students. I don't
think I'm saying that you should restrain yourself with friends under 20,
I'm saying that staff should restrain themselves in the school environment.

I think there's a big difference posting or walking around the school
saying you're going to do something or have a class in something (which
many SVS purists would have a problem with) and recommending a book or a
learning process or a class to a specific student out of the blue. When a
recommendation takes place in a conversation and is not a blatantly stark
recruitment, I don't see a problem with it.

I think a big factor is the intent of the recommendation, which I think
students are usually very quick to glean.

-Joe