DSM: Re: 2 questions

Multimedia Corp (booroobin@squirrel.com.au)
Thu, 27 Apr 2000 09:26:43 +1000

Hi Joseph,
People, for thousands of years lived in villages / communities, with
families and extended families. It is the community of a democratic School
that seeks to provide similar experiences, although generally in a day
setting. Unfortunately, society generally has lost the sense of community
that once existed. Kids find the sense of community alive, well and
thriving in democratic Schools.
Regards, Derek
-----Original Message-----
From: Joseph Moore <joseph@ivorycc.com>
To: Sudbury Discussion Group (E-mail) <discuss-sudbury-model@sudval.org>
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2000 2:24 AM
Subject: DSM: 2 questions

>The discussion has been good lately.
>2 related questions I've had for a while:
>1) If a community treated their children with the proper respect (not
>infringing their freedom, respecting their rights, expecting
>responsibility), would a Sudbury school be necessary or desireable?
>2) Formal classroom schooling as we know it is recent (about 200 years old,
>max). Before then, kids learned by living the lives of their family - farm
>kids farmed, craft kids crafted, etc. So, it's not exactly true to say that
>kids by nature learn what they need when given freedom. More accurately, by
>nature kids learn what they need to have a place in the family and
>in which they find themselves. By shaping where kids find themselves, we
>have a big say in what they learn.
>So: In what sense do kids learn 'by nature' in a totally unnatural setting
>of hundreds of kids in a big beautiful house on acres of land miles from
>where their parents are doing the modern day equivilent of farming and
>crafting? 'By nature', those kids should be with their families, right?

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