Re: DSM: free market supporters and socialism supporters

Dennis Shaughnessy (
Sat, 1 Apr 2000 22:55:24 -0800 (PST)


On Fri, 31 Mar 2000, Martin Wilke wrote:

> Hi all,
> several SVS publications state that people involved in Sudbury Schools
> in one way or another come from a wide range of political views. All
> of them appear to favor personal freedom and democracy. But they seem to
> have quite different views on the field of economics. Some prefer
> free-market capitalism while others rather prefer a democratic
> socialism.
> What I'd like to know is why free-market supporters think Sudbury Model
> and free market fit together well, and why supporters of democratic
> socialism think Sudbury Schools do well in a non-capitalist setting.
> I personally think Sudbury Model does work in either economic system,
> but i'm interested in the arguments both sides have.
> by(e)
> Martin Wilke
Hallo Martin,
  Since there are few places on the planet that legally allow a
school to wholly copy the Sudbury model, I have reservations about
our societies, dominated by big corporations and big government.
By copy I mean a school allowed to hire and fire staff soley on
a vote of students and staff and to have no curriculum. According
to this discussion site, only the U.S. states of Oregon, Delaware,
Arkansas and maybe New Mexico have no law requiring private school
staff and/or curriculum regulation.
  How about Die Grunen or the Green party, Martin? This movement,
favoring local control and small business, could favor democratic
and free education.

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