Re: DSM: Sudbury Valley/Summerhill


Sharon Stanfill (sharons@juliet.ll.mit.edu)
Tue, 20 Oct 98 15:06:28 EDT


Albert's mention of Shady Hill points to one of the potential problem
areas I see with Summerhill/SVS and similiar schools. It is certainly
true that people (not just children) will often work hard at learning
something that they are interested in or feel a need to learn, however,
it's simply not true that everyone can learn everything they might
be interested in well without excellent and often structured instruction.
Summerhill/SVS/etc. (what's the best phrase to refer to this set?) seem
likely to be less good at providing classes than other private schools -
there seems to be a tendancy to regard teaching as a relatively unskilled
activity.

Sharon



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