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

Rick Stansberger (
Fri, 17 Nov 2000 15:50:37 -0700

Amen! I couldn't have said this better.

The Highland School wrote:

> Having taught school teachers and administrators in graduate classes, I
> agree that teachers should not be the scapegoats for an oppressive
> system. Whether in educational research, history, or curriculum
> classes, I find teachers by and large willing to look at what they're
> doing and reflect on why they are choosing it. One problem with change
> lies in the myth that "it can't happen here" (meaning democratic
> schools). Being able to point to actual ongoing schools practicing
> democracy and respect for kids is vital to changing the focus from
> apathetic "how to survive in the system" discussions to "let's build our
> own schools". We need democratic schools in various economic,
> geographic, and cultural areas so excuses can't be made that "it can't
> happen here."
> My mother used to say "Better to light a candle, than curse the
> darkness." As usual simple analogies can be dangerous, but I think if
> you have the strength to light a candle - do it. There are usually lots
> of people willing and able to curse the darkness. Candy Landvoigt

"Weirdness abounds and shatters our illusion of order.  Heh-heh.  All the
dust is being blown out from under the carpet. Wonderful stuff!"

Wanda Hamilton-Quinn

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