Joseph Roach (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mon, 13 Nov 2000 19:06:01 -0800 (PST)
Here is the issue: a child at a democratic school has
a reasonable expectation of being respected and having
people give serious weight to his/her opinion. A six
year old has as much say in an expulsion as a forty
year old -- and each of these children take their role
in such as case as seriously as forty year old. This
kind of expectation naturally spills into other parts
of a child's life, and can complicate what had
previously been a placid relationship.
The really insidious thing about this kind of
education is that children get used to being respected
and listened to, and they really hate being patronized
and treated in an arbitrary manner -- this changes
family dyanmics in huge ways.
We warn parents in our admissions interviews about how
children may expect to be treated differently, and we
also try to provide support parents through our
TalkAbouts. One of our TalkAbout topics has been "How
to Cope with an Indendent Child."
Some families adapt to these changes better than
others. I think families with very young children at
The New School are the most affected.
So the short answer to your questions:
1) the students themselves expect and demand that
their families to be more democratic,
2) this is by no means result of a democratic vote,
but rather a natural consequence of taking the
opinions and desires of children seriously.
The New School
--- Robert Swanson <email@example.com> wrote:
> I admire your efforts toward a democratic family,
> but what is it in your
> school that demands parents be democratic? Was this
> by democratic vote?
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