Re: DSM:

Mike Sadofsky (
Tue, 05 Dec 2000 16:48:15 -0500

Among the distinct strengths of the Sudbury model are (1)
the ability of students of diverse ages to mix and (2) for
students and multiple adult staff members to engage in
topical discussion across a broad spectrum of interests and
perspectives. I envision substantial constrains in these
areas in the model you describe.

Allan Saugstad wrote:
> I am planning on twenty children who are all around 5-7 years old. We have quite
> a few friends who are interested who all have children this age. My hope is that
> we many of them will live close by or even on the large acerage that the school
> will be on, and grow up together as a genuine, close community.
> Allan
> Joseph Moore wrote:
> > Good points. One possible difference - as we got our school up to 20
> > students (took 3.5 years), things got much better for everybody - students,
> > staff and at least in our case, parents. Even 20 students provide a lot of
> > opportunity for friends and associations (in the informal sense).
> >
> > On a personal note, my 7 year old daughter had a hard time her first year -
> > we started with only about 11 kids, and there weren't enough little girls
> > for her to be friends with. The little boys didn't have time for her (or, at
> > least, not enough time - which is a LOT with my daughter). But this year,
> > with 3 little girls within a year or two of her age, she's so much happier
> > she practically glows.
> >
> > Anyway, just saying that 20 may not be too small a number - but that the mix
> > is going to be more important to some kids at that size.
> >
> > Joseph

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