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

Rick Stansberger (
Fri, 17 Nov 2000 19:00:21 -0700

Thanks, Mimsy. With your permission, I'd like to copy this and pass it on to our
founders group at the next meeting.

Rick wrote:

> A short and incomplete list of reasons parents might have to send a child to
> a sudbury school
> (1) They agree with what they think the philosophy is. This is often
> NOT what the philosophy is but, especially in the beginning of the kid's
> enrollment, they haven't yet figured that out.
> (2) They agree with the philosophy and actually want their children to
> grow up feeling free, empowered, in charge, and darn smart.
> (3) They find the sudbury school to be the least of many evils; they
> wish there were just a little curriculum, but there isn't, so they either
> work to change it, openly or covertly, or they impose the curriculum at home
> just to be sure their kids are exposed to everything, in the detail the
> parents think is necessary, that the parents think every child must be
> exposed to.
> (4) It is the only private school they can afford except for parochial
> schools and none of the parochial schools suit their fancy.
> (5) They find the sudbury school to be the least of many evils in their
> area.
> (6) They feel the kids will be safe, if uneducated, in a sudbury school.
> (7) Their kids are having their spirits mutilated in one way or another
> -- perhaps dumbed down; perhaps something else -- in some other type of
> schooling, and they are desparate to get the kids into something that may
> help rebuild self-esteem. These parents can actually let that happen to
> their child(ren) or not; they can manage to subvert the child's real
> independence of thought and so it will not happen if they really try hard.
> (8) Their kids refuse to attend school in a "normal" school, and they
> give up and sign the papers so they can go to a school that they will attend.
> Results are mixed in these situations.
> I know there are others, but this is a starter list.
> Mimsy

"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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