Re: DSM: An alternative teacher at a tr ...

The Booroobin Sudbury School (
Wed, 27 Dec 2000 08:31:33 +1000

Hi Anna,
Just back after visiting my mother for Christmas and spending a few days
there. We all have to learn to live with what we've got, even though we
might aspire for more. Our laws in Oz and the State of Queensland are
different from the US and also different from Russia. No matter where you
live you need to understand the law and know how to use it to your benefit.
It was pretty awful to hear about your friend, who the law, or those
enforcing it, required him to take responsibility for the actions of
another, the Student in his lesson. I believe that each person has to take
responsibility for their own actions. I don't believe that the same would
apply here. I haven't heard of anything similar happening here. It would
possibly take an action through the civil courts to put the responsibility
on to the teacher. Even then, I can't see a jury holding the teacher
responsible. Even if so, it would not result in jail, unless a negative
outcome was referred to the Police. It is the case that Schools (as opposed
to individual teachers) are usually responsible for Students once they, I
think, enter the School gate. At The Booroobin Sudbury School, each Student
is required to take responsibility for themselves as part of their Enrolment
Contract, and this is acknowledged and endorsed by their parents or
guardians in their part of the Contract. This does not completely answer
the issue of liability. An legal action could still be brought against the
School for negligence. People need to already know that freedom, with
responsibility and respect in a democratic environment are the best ways for
young people to experience learning and prepare for life. School is the
best place for this to start.
Let us know if we can help.
Regards, Derek
The Booroobin Sudbury School
Ph/fax +61 07 5499 9944
----- Original Message -----
From: "Anna Babina" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2000 8:59 PM
Subject: Re: DSM: An alternative teacher at a tr ...

> Hi, Derek!
> Thanks for your attention and support.
> As I wrote to Joe a few days ago I don't find it possible to start an SVS
> Russia now. I wish to see the results of the educational reformation. The
> thing is that now many statements of the SM are against Russian law. Here
> an example.
> A friend of my worked in a school in the Moscow district. One of his
> didn't come to school and at the time of my friend's lesson he was killed
> a street fight. My friend was responsible for students' life during the
> lesson time according the law. He spent a month in a jail but at the trial
> the boy's parents wrote a document asking to forgive him. So only the
> murders were finally accused. But what if parents wouldn's have done so?
> Needless to say what problem face my friend when he tried to get a job
> that. I'm not speaking about the feelings of his wife and parents while
> this was going on.
> That's one of the reasons why teachers are afraid of freedom. Do teachers
> Australia and other countries have such responsibilities?
> I hope many of the statements which turn a school into a jail will be
> destroyed sometime. Because now the school relationship is based on fear.
> Fortunatelly, the project offered by the government is being discussed and
> criticised in press and educational structures. But the thing that makes
> desperate is that most people wish strong hand in education as well as in
> politics. Anyway it's a long conversation, Derek.
> I don't leave my dream to create an SVS in this country and your support
> really precious for me.
> About books and media. I'm full with the information which I got on the
> sites and on this list. I really need time to think all this over.
> Anna
> -----Исходное сообщение-----
> От: The Booroobin Sudbury School <>
> Кому:
> <>
> Дата: 21 декабря 2000 г. 1:53
> Тема: DSM: Re: нРБЕР: нРБЕР: DSM: An alternative teacher at a tr ...
> >Hi Anna,
> >This is Derek from The Booroobin Sudbury School in Australia.
> >Is there anything we can do to assist you? I note your low income. Have
> >you already got any SVS books or media? Is it possible, by whatever
> >to gather support from other people? It will only be through a strongly
> >committed working / founders group that you will be able to get a School
> off
> >the ground. Generating support there for your aspirations will help you
> >with at least moral support, and in time can become collectively strong
> >enough to make things happen.
> >Regards, Derek
> >The Booroobin Sudbury School
> >
> >Ph/fax +61 07 5499 9944
> >----- Original Message -----
> >From: "Anna Babina" <>
> >To: <>
> >Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2000 4:42 AM
> >Subject: DSM: Ответ: Ответ: DSM: An alternative teacher at a tr ...
> >
> >
> >> Thank you, Evelyn, for the words of encouragement.
> >> I hope that sometime I will create a school much like SVS. Actually,
> >taking
> >> part in the discussion is one of the steps.
> >>
> >> Anna
> >>
> >> -----Исходное сообщение-----
> >> От: <>
> >> Кому:
> >> <>
> >> Дата: 20 декабря 2000 г. 18:33
> >> Тема: Re: Ответ: DSM: An alternative teacher at a tr ...
> >>
> >>
> >> >Dear Anna,
> >> >I applaud your courage and I appreciate your challenge. Even though
> >> agree
> >> >with others, that it is not possible to replicate the SVS model in a
> >> >curriculum based school. I think to be doing what you are doing in a
> >> country
> >> >that does not guarantee "liberty and justice for all" is important.
> >> >By and large I hated school growing up, I remember fondly every
> situation
> >> >where I was given choice.
> >> >I support your desire to do the best you can given the difficulty of
> your
> >> >location. I am the mother of an SVS student and I live near San
> >Francisco.
> >> >
> >> >Evelyn Hardesty
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >
> >>
> >>
> >
> >

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