Re: DSM: Sudbury Schools - Summerhill

Debbie Athos (
Tue, 26 Oct 1999 22:27:26 -0400

Yes Alan, you're right! Everyone should be free to eat whatever they want. I
guess the better idea would be to share with those interested that the
potato chips that they're eating may be made from genetically altered
potatoes...And that there are potatoes that are grown organically and made
into chips that are fried in dare I say - high quality vegetable oil.
("high quality" meaning less refined, no chemicals...) And let them choose
which chip they want to eat.

However, at a school that I would open - I would still offer the organic
chips (I've never seen a kid turn down an organic potato chip yet!) My
intentions would not be to create a controlled "limited choice" cafeteria.
There would be plenty of choices - what I'm saying is money would be spent
on foods that are healthier for people to eat. The same foods that we all
enjoy would be there - the "quality" would be defined and decided to the
best of our knowledge on the subject.

Basically the difference would be that the apples would be real, organic
apples verses chemically grown, possible genetically engineered apples. We
would have cake and gum and soda and all the junk that kids (and adults)
like. We will choose products that have the least sugar, chemicals,
colorings, preservatives, which is when I use the word "quality". I would
advertise that our school would serve what we feel are healthy foods/meals.
It won't be like I'm going to surprise everyone so that I can fool people
into eating what I think is better for them.

Good day to you,

From: Alan Mitter-Burke <>
To: <>
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 1999 3:29 PM
Subject: Re: DSM: Sudbury Schools - Summerhill

>Do you see any contradiction between asserting that
>kids would be "free to think and choose" while you
>limit their choices?
>and while you decide what "top quality" is?
>Do you _really_ trust these people?
>-Alan Mitter-Burke
>--- Debbie Athos <> wrote:
>> You are right - it wouldn't be a "Sudbury"
>> school...yet it would be a school
>> where students were free to think and choose what
>> they wish to do with their
>> day, including what they want to eat. However their
>> choices would be of top
>> quality. Organic potato chips and sour cream without
>> cancer causing
>> hormones:)
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Mark Stafford & Angela Sevin
>> <>
>> To:
>> <>
>> Date: Tuesday, October 26, 1999 2:36 AM
>> Subject: Re: DSM: Sudbury Schools - Summerhill
>> >Deb,
>> >
>> >Angela again,
>> >
>> >I have to apologize for my previous email. I meant
>> no disrespect.
>> >
>> >> I've decided that if I continue with my plans to
>> open a school based on
>> the
>> >> democratic model like Sudbury and Summerhill,
>> that it will have to be a
>> >> school that offers a wholistic approach to
>> education and living. The
>> school
>> >> would offer healthy meals to students as well as
>> a healthy school
>> >> environment/building. Everything from the food
>> quality to the lighting of
>> >> the rooms would be to the benefit of the students
>> good health. Because
>> all
>> >> the education in the world won't do any of our
>> students any good if they
>> are
>> >> not healthy in mind and body.
>> >>
>> >
>> >This is a very good idea, it's just not a Sudbury
>> school.
>> >
>> >Take care,
>> >
>> >Angela
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
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