Re: DSM: RE: Boredom

Susan Jarquin (
Thu, 07 Dec 2000 12:34:38 -0800

Thank you Joe,
    What I am looking for is reassurance that I am not crazy. I understand that
the measurements are not traditional and I appreciate you going out on a limb.
    Last week, I had the Principal of a school advise me that I should see a
Psychologist for deciding to take my daughter out of his school. Deep down I
know he is wrong, but I'd be lying if I said it didn't affect me.

Joe Jackson wrote:

> Susan,
> I would be going out on a really long limb to tell you that Sudbury Model
> schools lead to children that are less bored and restless than
> conventionally schooled children.
> Our two kids have been in a Sudbury environment for 3-4 years now, and
> frankly they get along really well 95% of the time, but that just may be
> because they just get along really well.
> I guess I'm reticent to point to specific outcomes of our schools. However,
> there's a really good article on our website called "What Difference Does A
> Sudbury Education Make" that does a good job of walking the tightrope. I
> think it was written by Fairhaven School cofounder and Staff Member Romey
> Pittman. You can read it at:
> I think you are wise in your belief that the changes in your kids' behavior
> might be related to their schooling - that is certainly a lynchpin to my
> commitment to Sudbury Schooling.
> Good Luck.
> -Joe Jackson
> Fairhaven School, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
> gs,
> > One of the reasons that I am researching the Sudbury Model is
> > that I am
> > extremely dissatisfied with the behavior of my children. After
> > they leave their
> > traditional school and have free time, they have become extremely
> > bored and
> > helpless.
> > We were not happy as homeschoolers. I think homeschooling
> > can be very lonely
> > and does not promote equality. I had always envisioned returning
> > to work and
> > dropping my kids off at school. Deanna (7) and Amanda (5) want
> > to go to school and
> > learn in a group.
> > After having tried this for 3 months now, I have learned that
> > with this new
> > behavior I am actually able to work less as I am having to
> > literally sit in between
> > them so that they will not physically abuse each other.
> > In my heart I know that this is typical behavior and they
> > will not grow out of
> > it. I have to accept it or find some Alternative Education.
> > Does this seem to be
> > an issue with the children enrolled in Sudbury Schools?
> > Thank you,
> > Susan Jarquin
> >
> >

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