Re: DSM: alternative colleges

Jerome Mintz (
Wed, 27 May 1998 22:28:10 -0400 (EDT)

Dear Jen:
I recently took a group of students from Albany's Free School to Florida
to demonstrate democratic decision-making process for a new charter
school. The workshop there was very successful. we fishbowled a real Free
School meeting with the whole school, then broke up into small groups to
have mini-meetings on real school problems, etc. The two staff members who
came with us were a current Goddard student and a Goddard graduate, and we
toyed with the idea of bringing the group to Goddard to demonstrate
democratic process for them!
We'll be going to another new school group in Vermont next week to do the
same thing.

Jerry Mintz
Alternative Education Resource Organizatioon
800 769-4171

On Wed, 27 May 1998, Tigger wrote:

> I'm about to graduate from Goddard College, a small
> progressive college that is, in theory, democratic as well. My
> partner attended Sudbury Valley before graduating and coming to
> Goddard. I've visited Sudbury Valley and I think that part of the
> reason I fell so in-love was that SV has a system that alleviates
> many of the problems that I've been working so long to fix here at
> Goddard. I've looked into some of the other progressive, democratic
> colleges and I don't believe that any of them begin to compare to the
> system at Sudbury. It was uplifting to go to SV and see that all of
> the philosophies I've worked so hard on can actually work at a
> school, but I don't know how one could have a college that could
> compare... Accreditation (sp?) has always been a problem for us, as
> well as fundraising. We have problems with
> politics because we have a president and an administration that keep
> true democracy from happening. In short I guess that colleges like
> Goddard and some of the others mentioned are the best next step for a
> Sudbury school graduate, but in all my travels I've never seen a
> college so truly "free" or democratic as SV.
> Jen