Re: DSM: public school prisons (sharing the SVS model, etc.)

The Booroobin Sudbury School (
Sun, 12 Nov 2000 22:43:34 +1000

Hi Rick,
Publicly funded SVM Schools do exist. Even though we're in Australia, and
all independent Schools can apply for public funding, and most, if not all
do, and receive it, the principles and philosophy can be implemented,
without compromising the essential elements. We believe that it is a right
and only
equitable for Students in independent Schools to be funded in the same way
as they are in State run Schools. Accountability for the use of public
moneys follows. In fact, we're generally more accountable, because we have
to satisfy Students, and Staff, then our Assembly, the Australian Securities
and Investment Commission, which oversees the operation of companies, and
then separately, the State and Federal Governments in different ways and
forms. State run schools don't have the same level of accountability. In
fact, I'd be happy to compare how we use of our income and how State run
Schools use theirs.
Regards, Derek
The Booroobin Sudbury School
Ph/fax +61 07 5499 9944
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rick Stansberger" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, November 12, 2000 6:55 AM
Subject: Re: DSM: public school prisons (sharing the SVS model, etc.)

> Robert Swanson wrote:
> > Absolutely (see Bruce's statement below), Sudbury is such a different
> > paradigm that this round peg won't fit into the square hole of public or
> > institutional education.
> I respecfully disagree. The only thing that makes public education public
> education is its source of funding: the public pays for it through taxes.
> Everything else is just a question of method. For instance, you can have
> schools that aren't compulsory. You can have public Waldorf or Montessori
> schools. Why not? The notion of freedom is antithetical to the current
> model (which you can find in both public and private schools), but you can
> freedom in a publicly funded institution. Look at recreation centers.
> Tax-funded sudschools are possible. It would just take incredible
restraint on
> the part of legislators raising the money and bureaucrats doling it out.
> would have to lay off notions like "accountability," and trust the
> students and staff to run the individual buildings. A highly unlikely
> I admit, but theoretically possible.
> Rick

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.0b3 on Sun Nov 12 2000 - 19:48:16 EST