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

Robert Swanson (
Sun, 12 Nov 2000 08:07:17 -0800

I imagine myself letting go and playing with the children. What have you
noticed about teachers playing with students?


on 11/12/00 6:56 AM, at wrote:
> I work with people who wish to work in child development for a living. About
> 1/2 of them are internally motivated. We've put together a preschool within
> the school.
> We have 2 1/2 to 5-year-olds. We're working with the Sudbury model there.
> We provide the environment, small, but clean and safe. Our policy is to
> respect the children and to leave them be. We merely observe. Given their
> tender ages, there are a few of the students who stay near.I get resistance
> from the students that we need to be more directive. They want to have
> planned activities like, cutting out leaves, story time, COLORING (Save me
> from such stupidity!).
> After a few weeks into the program, most of the students have abandoned these
> ideas and enjoy simply observing the children do their things. Some have said
> I'm not "doing" anything. Some have said the children aren't doing anything.
> Some have said, "I wish I had gone to a preschool like this." I then tell
> them that there are schools out there that allow freedom. I also expose the
> parents who send their children to the preschool and all of my students to
> the Sudbury model. So, the Trojan Horse thing is what I've been doing. Not
> protesting in the streets, I know.
> Although I have done that too.
> Kathleen

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