DSM: Re: Ambition and Humility


Alan Klein (Alan@klein.net)
Fri, 17 Nov 2000 18:24:48 -0500


Joseph,

I wonder if we have another split among us. I suspect that there are those
who would agree with you, and would say that we believe in democratic
schools because, as you put it, "we have faith that kids will, if left free
to do it, learn whatever they feel is necessary. Further, we believe that an
environment of free choice helps kids become self-reliant, independent and
strong - and, most of all, happy."

On the other hand, I also suspect that there are those among us who believe
in democratic schools, not because we think they work (though we might think
that), but because we believe that they are morally "right" in terms of how
we treat kids and other people.

I wonder what impact this split, if it exists, has on our discussions and
our "evangelizing".

~Alan Klein

----- Original Message -----
From: Joseph Moore <joseph@ivorycc.com>

> It's not a theoretical argument, at least not any more - people can
compare
> how a Sudbury schools works to how a traditional school works. But there
are
> theoretical (or philosophical) considerations: It is essential to the
model
> that we have faith that kids will, if left free to do it, learn whatever
> they feel is necessary. Further, we believe that an environment of free
> choice helps kids become self-reliant, independent and strong - and, most
of
> all, happy. Conversely, if you think it's the school's job to see to it
that
> kids turn out some particular way, you will end up infringing on the kids'
> innate freedom - and, if you lose that lesson, you've lost a major point
of
> the model.



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