Re: DSM: [SVS Discussion Board] questions

Alan Klein (
Thu, 13 Apr 2000 20:36:07 -0400

I have to say that I don't understand the emphasis on "judging". I see it as
"noticing". It has nothing to do with preferring one kid over another. It
has everything to do with preferring (not mandating) as wide a variety of
people to interact with as possible.

The problem with simply accepting whoever shows up (as versus actively
engaging in outreach/advertising to a wider audience) is that it fails to
acknowledge the very real forces at play in society. In much the same way
that these schools must acknowledge the legal realities, such as for safety
and health issues, they/we can (and I believe should) acknowledge the
social/political realities at work in society that disincline various
people, both as individuals and as groups, from looking into democratic

I am not sure what you mean, Joseph, by "artificially arranged diversity." I
agree with your last line: "Spread the word everywhere."


----- Original Message -----
From: Joseph Moore <>
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Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2000 1:58 PM
Subject: RE: DSM: [SVS Discussion Board] questions

> I think Mimsy is on to something very important here - whatever words are
> used to describe it, one HAS TO "judge" people somehow in order to even
> about "diversity" - diversity of what? Well intentioned people can end up
> preferring this kid to that kid because, when it comes right down to it,
> kid's skin is darker than the other, or his parents speak with an accent,
> drive a beat-up car, or - ? Whatever criteria you use, you're still
> and in a most dehumanizing way.
> Any attempt to actively favor diversity (as opposed to doing your best to
> make whoever happens to show up feel welcome)is going to have to set up
> people as judges of other people. There's no practical or even logical way
> around this.
> Also, exactly what is the goal, here? We all need to learn to get along
> peaceably with whomever we happen to find ourselves sharing the world
> Sudbury schools are uniquely great at this! Our kids are learning self
> control, self respect, and respect for the rights of others. This
> to the real world better, I would think, than any artificially arranged
> diversity.
> Make people feel welcome. Run a truly democratic school. Allow people to
> most themselves. Do what you can to keep the costs down (that's the
> way to lower the tuition hurdle). Spread the word everywhere.

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