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

Mark Stafford & Angela Sevin (
Mon, 20 Nov 2000 12:45:38 -0800

This is Angela,

Mimsy, I really like the term "chaordic", is this the first time you've used it
or seen it used? It seems it would help me to define the free-flowing yet
purposeful movements of a Sudbury-like learning environment. In terms of
structures or systems, this would look more organic than mechanical. I'm
interested in where the tensions between qualitative and quantitative
methodologies might exist in a Sudbury school. For instance, you have the hard
and fast rules of the democratic judicial system, yet you sometimes get the sense
that students (and staff) can "do whatever they want." Thanks!

Angela wrote:

> Sudbury schools are, in my opinion, about giving children the opportunities
> to grow up in ways that allow them to develop autonomy and initiative; that
> allow them to develop self-confidence and competence; and that fit them for
> the society they happen to currently live in -- a fast-moving, rather random,
> (chaordic?) society in which being able to think and have judgment are the
> most important marketable skills.

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