Re: DSM: Majority Rule vs. Consensus

The Booroobin School (
Wed, 26 Jan 2000 12:59:48 +1000

That clarification was valuable.
Regards, Derek Sheppard
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Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2000 11:57 AM
Subject: Re: DSM: Majority Rule vs. Consensus

> In a message dated 1/24/2000, Jerry Mintz talked about his Shaker
>School, in which, he says, << We evolved a system slightly different from
>in which the minority is not ignored. >>
> I have been reading the exchanges about different forms of
>with interest. This debate has probably gone on from the dawn of time, in
>the earliest tribal communities organized by homo sapiens. I doubt that it
>will ever be concluded that one form of decision-making is the only right
>for everybody.
> But it is essential in these discussions to be careful in making blanket
>statements. To imply that the system Sudbury Valley School uses -
>parliamentary democracy, run according to Robert's Rules as modified by the
>School Meeting - is one in which the minority is "ignored", is to display
>utter lack of knowledge of SVS's School Meeting, a body with a continuous
>history of some 32 years, with a highly developed culture, and with a
>that not only has served a school whose size has varied from 60 to 220, but
>has done so with a sensitivity towards every individual position, put forth
>by members of all ages (from 4 and up), a sensitivity that I have not seen
>matched or approached in any deliberative or decision-making body in which
>have been involved over a period of some fifty years.
> Please, say what you will about this or that process, but don't judge a
>community that has chosen one particular way to reach decisions unless you
>have extensive experience in that community, and can speak from intimate
>knowledge of the community.
> Dan Greenberg, Sudbury Valley School

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