Re: DSM: Interest increasing?

The Booroobin Sudbury School (
Sat, 6 Jan 2001 09:55:59 +1000

Hi all,
Summerhill is a School that deserves respect for many of the things that it
has done. I have a huge amount of respect for it. However it is not
democratic. There have been discussions on this before, and I'm sure others
will have their say on this. Summerhill operates meetings with limited
decision making power, in a democratic manner. However, they cannot decide
Staff. They do not decide budgets. They are not and cannot be fully
involved in the day to day operation of the School. This does not mean the
School is democratic.
The Booroobin Sudbury School
Ph/fax +61 07 5499 9944
----- Original Message -----
From: "Alan Klein" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, January 06, 2001 9:28 AM
Subject: Re: DSM: Interest increasing?

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Joe Jackson <>
> >
> >
> > However I would ask, is Summerhill then not a democratic school insofar
> > the students don't have full authority to run the school?
> Joe,
> This is an interesting question. Summerhill is, in my mind, its own thing,
> with its own history, and its own context. I would prefer that Summerhill
> more democratic, but, for me, it is sufficiently democratic (and very
> important historically) to be considered a democratic school. If it were
> be founded today, however, I am not sure it would qualify. In the 1970's a
> colleague and I ran a public "school-within-a-school" sort of program in
> which we had group meetings and democratically established the rules and
> judicial process (in those areas that we were allowed to let the group
> create by our VERY supportive principal). It was WAY more democratic than
> anything else in the Ann Arbor public schools (or most of the public
> in the country for that matter). We were NOT a democratic school, however,
> in my current definition.
> ~Alan

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