Re: DSM: public school prisons (sharing the SVS model, etc.)
Sun, 19 Nov 2000 00:41:12 -0600

Well, since you asked, aside from the glaring evidence (to me) that the list
is formulated to characterize parents seeking better educational
opportunities for their children as dumb, it's also pieced together in a
mean spirited way. Maybe that's Mimsy's style, personally, I tend to go for
the flippant, sarcastic, cheap shots. The list seemed general, vague and not
attributed to anyone or with any evidence to support its criticisms.
Regardless, I think you can catch more flies with honey then vinegar, at
least where the parents are concerned.

> From: "Alan Klein" <>
> Reply-To:
> Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2000 16:04:58 -0500
> To: <>
> Subject: Re: DSM: public school prisons (sharing the SVS model, etc.)
> Reeny,
> I am curious as to what has you regard the list as condescending.
> ~Alan Klein
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <>
>>> 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
> 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.

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