DSM: all thumbs

Robert Swanson (robertswanson@icehouse.net)
Sat, 25 Nov 2000 21:24:34 -0800

on 11/5/00 11:35 AM, Julianne Madrid at huli_madrid@yahoo.com wrote:

> I currently work in a public middle school and what
> I've read about the model just makes so much sense.
> It has been a process, however, to give up the
> assumptions I have about schooling as a society.
> So, as I look to create a school, I have been sharing
> with people around me the possibility I see in the SVS
> model. The thing that seems to be the biggest hang up
> for people is that children won't learn anything. I
> know this was my initial thought when I first started
> reading about the model, and it requires giving up
> control. In my (fairly useless) education classes we
> spend so much time talking about how to control a
> classroom. Letting go is very scary for most people.
> I've been puzzled about what is at the root of this
> assumption that children won't learn anything. It
> seems to me that it stems from the fact that we think
> people are inherently flawed. So then, getting people
> to see the value in the SVS model would require them
> accepting that humans aren't inherently flawed? Does
> anyone have any comments on this?
> Julianne Madrid :)
> "Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make
> mistakes." --Mahatma Gandhi

Do children learn? When I think about learning I wonder what are we supposed
to learn & why. The public schools make little sense. So much wasted time
and control.

Are humans inherently flawed? People are born with truly incredible
potential. That we end up using 1% of higher brain potential goes way beyond
any question of something being wrong. That we perpetuate and perpetrate
this condition in denial rather than making it a word wide emergency
indicates a fundamental error in the human condition. It is as if children
stopped developing use of four fingers on each hand, and they grow up to be
adults managing with just two thumbs, but the world regards this as normal!

Is this error overcome at a sudschool???


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