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

Alan Klein (
Sat, 18 Nov 2000 16:04:58 -0500


I am curious as to what has you regard the list as condescending.

~Alan Klein

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

> > 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
> >> 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
> >> work to change it, openly or covertly, or they impose the curriculum at
> >> 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
> >> area.
> >> (6) They feel the kids will be safe, if uneducated, in a sudbury
> >> (7) Their kids are having their spirits mutilated in one way or
> >> -- perhaps dumbed down; perhaps something else -- in some other type of
> >> schooling, and they are desparate to get the kids into something that
> >> help rebuild self-esteem. These parents can actually let that happen
> >> 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
> >> (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
> >> Results are mixed in these situations.
> >>
> >> I know there are others, but this is a starter list.

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