DSM: Re: equality

Joe Jackson (shoeless@erols.com)
Tue, 29 Jun 1999 18:59:30 -0400

Hi - Joe from Fairhaven School in Maryland.

I'm not sure that comradery is the word I would use - at times relationships
between staff and student are as tempestuous as relationships among
students! To be sure, there have been some fast friendships struck between
staff and student, but not necessarily better friendships than you would
find in a conventional school. Our experience has been that the
interpersonal dynamic, while more real, is certainly not idyllic. (Inside
joke to Fairhavener's - it's not a nirvana!)

However, I think our staff was often the target of the residual anger and
resentment of some of our new students who were, in their previous schooling
situations, used to having no choices or power.

- Joe Jackson, shoeless@erols.com
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-----Original Message-----
From: Melissa Tyson <mvtyson@hotmail.com>
To: discuss-sudbury-model@sudval.org <discuss-sudbury-model@sudval.org>
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 1999 5:55 PM
Subject: DSM: equality

>I was wondering if some of you would comment on the relationships between
>the kids and the adult staff members. I'm aware that they are on a first
>name basis and are considered equals in theory, but I'm wondering if some
>you who work in this environment would comment on the resulting camaraderie
>if there is any. Thanks.
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