Re: DSM: free market supporters and socialism supporters

Martin Wilke (
Sun, 02 Apr 2000 15:24:19 +0200

Dennis Shaughnessy schrieb:
> 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.
> Dennis

Well, I don't know what the German Green's ideas are at this moment.
Since the are in the federal government, they have been giving up almost
everything they have been standing for. In the past they supported free
alternative schools, and in those Bundeslšnder (something similar to the
states in the US), where they have been in the government before 1998,
they legalized some alternative schools. (At the moment there are in the
whole republic 41 schools with altogether maybe 1200 students that call
themselves free alternative schools - and some of them are quite
traditional, but with an emphasis on things like ecology). The Greens
have been rather progressive, but (except some single MPs) they never
wanted real democracy and freedom for students. When I see the German
Greens, I don't feel hope but desperation.

Martin Wilke

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