Re: DSM: Learning disabilities at SVS

Joe Jackson (
Mon, 25 May 1998 09:47:54 -0400

> It is my opinion Teresa, that people are distinct, one of a kind, not to
> be categorized and measured, something very very special entities. In
> other words I think we should tell all the people-measurers to go jump
> in the lake. To put it as nicely as I am able.

You go baby!!

In addition to the fact that statistical measuring for human beings is a
dubious practice (in that people are not static objects), there are not
enough graduates of Sudbury Schools to form a large enough sample
population from which to make any meaningful statistical assertions. All
there are are case studies (Free At Last, etc.) which have no statistical
value. Of course, I say that polls and studies with sample populations in
the millions are frought with confounding and have very little statistical
value, so consider the source.

In any case, I think that parents who would look at outcome-based studies
to make a determination on how their children are going to spend their
childhood are focused on specific results rather than self-determination
and quality-of-life, are pretty much into controlling their kids, and
possibly are not good candidates for the Sudbury Model (oops, there I go
doing negative PR again <g>).

Joe Jackson