Re: DSM: Interest increasing?

Alan Klein (
Fri, 5 Jan 2001 16:33:12 -0500

My preference is to use the term "democratic schools", as this covers a
broader range of schools. The key point for me is that the participants have
full authority to run the school. The Highland School (which I helped to
found in 1981) is one school which does not use the Sudbury "label" because
we started the school before we had heard about SVS.

~Alan Klein

----- Original Message -----
From: Connie Shaw <>
> By this definition, we are a Sudbury school. I was taking care not to use
> that label, because my previous interactions with staff at a Sudbury
> I visited, and with a founders group in California led me to believe that
> the model included the forms of governance.
> So, my question now is, is it helpful to use the label? I'd be interested
> hear what people on this list have to say about this. In talking to people
> about the Living School, I find that when I mention Sudbury, very few
> have heard of it. For those that have, it does offer a good reference
> for what we're about. For those who haven't, there is the possibility that
> they will look at the SVS website and learn more.
> Does anyone know why the schools that Joe mentions that apparently *are*
> Sudbury schools by his definition (New School and Tutorial School), choose
> not to use the label?

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