Re: DSM:

Marko Koskinen (
Thu, 16 Nov 2000 11:04:00 +0200

I guess I can answer only to the third guestion...

The problems I see are these: 20-30 kids is very few. Kids want to be
most of their time with kids they can relate to and that usually means
kids at similar age. If you have 20-30 kids of age varying from 4 to 19,
you're not having too many kids at same age, and that will bug the

Another problem is that you're the only adult, at least the only one
who's there all the time. What happens when you get sick or get bored or
become disabled to do the job?

I think you will need a lot of support at the beginning, because there's
gonna be alot of problems related to the much discussed topic of getting
used to the freedom at school - the culture shock.

Hmm... Well, those are the problems that came to my mind at first. The
good thing is that it will probably be better than any other
alternative, so go ahead and do it, but if you can make it a bigger
school or learning center, do it... just an advice... =)

Marko Koskinen

> For those of you that can, I would sincerely appreciate some guidance from you
> on opening a SVM school. If this is not the right forum for this perhaps direct
> e-mail with some of you might be preferable.
> My plan is to build and open a very small school on a beautiful island just
> outside of Vancouver. I know many parents, myself included, who are looking for
> this kind of learning center. I would get 50% funding as an independent school,
> build it to code, and invite about 20-30 kids to start. I would be the only
> "real" staff member, but parents would be expected to chip in, help out, and be
> around on a regular basis.
> Here are a few questions I have:
> 1. Can you direct me to any reading I can do to help me with opening a school
> like this?
> 2. Do you know of any possible ways to get some funding (ha ha, you may say)?
> 3. What do you think of this whole idea?

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