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

Alan Klein (
Mon, 13 Nov 2000 22:32:50 -0500

One of my most vivid memories from the first year of The Highland School's
operation in 1981 was a parent coming to us and saying, "You know, I used to
be the 'good guy' in my son's life. Or at least I was when compared to the
traditional public school he went to. Now, since he has been at Highland (a
democratic school), we are now the 'bad guys' with our various
restrictions!" These parents (and others) needed to learn a new way of
relating to their kids, who had now had a taste of real respect, freedom,
and responsibility.

~Alan Klein

----- Original Message -----
From: Joseph Roach <>
> 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.

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