Re: DSM: public school prisons (sharing the SVS model, etc.)
Sat, 18 Nov 2000 14:56:54 -0600

>From a parents perspective, I think this list is condescending. Wish we
could be as enlightened as you all.

> From: Rick Stansberger <>
> Reply-To:
> Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 19:00:21 -0700
> To:
> Subject: Re: DSM: public school prisons (sharing the SVS model, etc.)
> 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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