Re: DSM: Sharing the SVS model


Robert Swanson (robertswanson@icehouse.net)
Wed, 08 Nov 2000 23:09:08 -0800


Scott,
Wow, great point. Thank you for this clarification.

A question just came up for me. Do you believe the impact of the SVS
democracy and judiciary committee is neutral/supportive only?
robert

on 11/5/00 12:11 PM, Scott David Gray at sgray@aramis.sudval.org wrote:
> Hi Julianne,
>
> I think that you are right, that accepting the Sudbury model
> of education requires a different perspective than accepting
> the so-called traditional model does.
>
> You suggest that in order to accept the Sudbury model, one
> must start out accepting that humans are not inherently
> flawed. I have a different take on it.
>
> I feel that people are just good and competent enough to
> manage their _own_ affairs. But I do not think that people
> are trustworthy enough to be put in control of other people.
> This is why I favor liberty -- not simply because I can trust
> people to govern themselves, but because I _cannot_ trust any
> person to govern someone else.
> In other words, I accept a child's ability to know her/his own
> needs as a given -- this does not mean that I think _any_
> person is without flaws. My real fear of traditional school
> is that it relies on the Utopian and unrealistic notion that a
> third party (the teacher) is falwless enough that s/he can
> know how a person other than him/herself should live. That
> idea of social control is just plain scary.



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