Re: DSM: school or learning centre?

The Booroobin Sudbury School (
Sat, 2 Dec 2000 13:43:08 +1000

Hi Allan, We had a similar problem. Most of the adult members of the
founding group for our school wanted it to be called "Maleny and District
Learning Centre" (studiously avoiding the word "school") During the first
year the students complained that their
friends challenged them that they weren't attending a "real" school and they
found themselves constantly trying to explain the school to outsiders. So
the School Meeting adopted the name "The Booroobin (Sudbury) School - a
centre of learning" to satisfy everyone. Lois

The Booroobin Sudbury School
Ph/fax +61 07 5499 9944
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From: "Allan Saugstad" <>
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Sent: Saturday, December 02, 2000 8:58 AM
Subject: Re: DSM: school or learning centre?

> I have a little philosophical problem. In our efforts here efforts to plan
> open a SVS school, my wife and I have a disagreement. She says we must
stay away
> from the word "school" because of it's connotations to institutionalized
> learning. She says she and her friends don't want to school their kids,
> She likes the words "learning centre" or "resource centre".
> I say using the word school is irrelevant; it's just a word, and perhaps
we will
> help shape a new meaning for that sometimes ugly word. My definition of
> is "a community of learners", and so I don't see it as negative at all.
Also, I
> think using the word school helps those who don't understand the model,
> it a little easier. (you know, under pressure, we can all say we teach,
run, or
> learn at a school - it's much harder to say you are home-schooled or don't
go to
> school, etc.)
> Anyway, it's a kind of funny, kind of serious discussion we have and I am
> curious to hear what others think
> >

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