Heidi Barker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fri, 5 Jan 2001 06:35:29 -0900
> We certainly could talk about it here. I didn't mean to exclude you, I
> didn't realize that so many others were at the same stage as me. I too
> to get as much information as I can. And I didn't want to plug up this
> with all my silly and perhaps naive questions.
Not at all! Be sure to let us know how your meeting on Jan. 27th goes.
You have 130,000 to draw from for your school? That's a lot more than I
would have. I live in interior Alaska, 100 miles south of Fairbanks, near
Denali National Park. We're moving to Fairbanks this summer, population
38,000. While Interior Alaskans do tend to be a little on the different
side, I'm worried that that isn't big enough to support a democratic
school. Anybody know what's the smallest community that does support a
What's the "other list" that you can join once you buy the start-up kit?
Cathy, is the living school going to do it for you? Do you mind that it
isn't exactly a SVS-model school? I wasn't suggesting the Denver school as
an option, just as an example to visit. I despise commuting, myself. The
Denver school might actually be an option for us, as my husband works for
the Park Service and there's a regional headquarters in Denver. I've asked
him to keep a eye on available jobs there, but in the meantime, I'm looking
into starting a school here.
Thanks for the link to the Blue Mountain School. I was wondering about
the possiblity of a publically-funded SVS-model school, and here there
already is one! I would think that the loophole about not having to take
the state-mandated tests would be indispensable. I'll look into our laws
here before I go any further.
Unschooling is a thought, but I dream of being part of a vibrant
community. An SVS-model school seems like a way to have both things at
Oh, there's a book "Starting a Sudbury Valley School?" That sounds like
it could be helpful. Thanks for sharing with us about starting your school,
Lisa. Your confidence comes through. One of your founders is a SVS former
student? I wonder, now that the original SVS kids are getting old enough to
have children, what they're going to do about schooling their children.
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