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

Rick Stansberger (
Mon, 13 Nov 2000 07:31:57 -0700

Robert Swanson wrote:

> Shaping student behaviors gradually into the SVS model may be easy in many
> public schools. robert

Robert, to turn a factory school into a public school doesn't have anything to do
with shaping student behaviors. What you'd do is simple turn off the bells, drop
the curriculum, and turn the government over to the students and the parents. All
faculty, administrators and staff contracts would be decided on by the Meeting, and
you'd re-open as a Sudbury school. Nobody would be shaping anybody's behaviors.
Students would probably be the easiest to adapt to this. They'd probably LOVE
firing their teachers -- and hiring a few back, along with some neat new ones.
Likely the Principal and the Assistant Principals would be out of a job, unless the
kids really liked them, and even so, they'd have to do something other than push
paper and students around. The coaches wouldn't be able to pick and choose among
the students as to who filled out team rosters, so most of them would go elsewhere.
Most parents wouldn't have a clue about the democratic governance thing, so only a
few parents would get in there and vote, at least in the beginning. Maintenance
staff would probably be required to do more than just fiddle with the pipes, and so
probably most of them would either leave or also get involved in other ways. The
buildings and athletic fields would remain. So would the libraries and labs.
They'd just be used in different ways.


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