Anna Babina (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wed, 20 Dec 2000 21:42:46 +0300
About Tubelsky school. As Dawn said it's impossible to create and SVS when
you have a strong curriculum. It's right. Next, the school depends on State
money. Actually, it's a strange hybrid: state funds and assesment and
democratic conversations. I didn't give up School of S-D, but now, as you
know, I have a 10month old son and can't work full-time. They wanted me to
be at school 5 days a week. I refused. I'll think of the future work there
when my son is older.
Then I had a strong conflict with the administration when it seemed to me
that our proclamations differ from actions. May be I was wrong, but to my
mind in our life there was too much beautiful theory and too little
Also Alexandre keeps school on his strong personality. He failed to create a
team of people devoted to the democratic ideal and working mechanismes. If
he leaves the school will become traditional in some days.
It's my personal attitude. I don't say I'm absolutely right. All this is
painful for me.
About school system in Russia I wrote to Joe
>Now in our parlament (State Duma) a project of the educational system is
>being discussed. Most people support coming to tests everywhere.
>You see, in Russia entering a State High school is the main purpose for
>students. Because boys won't be taken to the army. It is important. So the
>goal of school is preparing for entrance examinations.
>Next. Most people can't pay a penny for children's educations. It's a
>of economy and mentality. But a SVS can't live on the State money or grants
>because it means being dependant. I know it from Al.Tubelsky's experience.
>There is a possibility to make a SVS. But its students will be from so
>called "New russians" (it's a slang for russian nouveau riche). Others will
>need the papers which only a public school can give them.
>Did I give you an answer?
От: Mark Stafford & Angela Sevin <email@example.com>
Дата: 20 декабря 2000 г. 19:36
Тема: Re: DSM: An alternative teacher at a traditional school
>I know that you once worked at the School of Self-determination in Moscow,
>more closely resembles a Sudbury School than a traditional school. I think
>can probably judge for yourself how much good it is doing you and the
>to be and work in the oppressive environment of the school teaching
>you are now in. The question is, do you see movement in the direction
>more freedom? I know you are a pretty stong person, and I can see you
>difference opening the door to democracy in the classroom, but is it
>you and the students?
>The reponses to your post seem to reflect the extreme ends of the spectrum
>what is currently possible (conceivably) here in the U.S.; I wonder what
>continuum of Russian school systems looks like. What are the current
>education in Russia? How are they similar to ours? I think it would be
>hard to do what you are doing. I have often wondered if I could do it here
>the U.S. and I'm pretty sure I could not.
>P.S How is "Tubelsky's" school doing these days?
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