RE: DSM: Interest increasing?

Connie Shaw (
Fri, 5 Jan 2001 19:52:00 -0700

Thanks, Derek. I'll talk to the person who maintains the website. I think
you made some good points here.

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of The
Booroobin Sudbury School
Sent: Friday, January 05, 2001 4:49 PM
Subject: Re: DSM: Interest increasing?

Hi Connie,
In looking at your web site, I noted that SVS (and Summerhill) are referred
to as experiments in education. I believe that both are well beyond the
experiment stage, and as experiments they were proven many years ago. If
anything is an experiment, put into broad application before its time, it is
curriculum driven education, one that is constantly failing its victims. Is
it possible to recategorise these as something else such as other
educational models, for instance? Another reason for change is that people
don't as readily choose experiments as a means of education for their
Regards, Derek
The Booroobin Sudbury School
Ph/fax +61 07 5499 9944
----- Original Message -----
From: "Connie Shaw" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, January 06, 2001 2:29 AM
Subject: RE: DSM: Interest increasing?

> Joe writes:
> > I believe that structures such as School Meeting and JC are not
> necessarily
> > part of the model, and in a Sudbury Model school, the participants DO
> decide
> > what structures to use...
> and
> > I'm interested, since the only real constants of the model is that the
> > students and staff see to the day-to-day governance, and that learning
> > student-led (two concepts you are in harmony with), why aren't you
> starting
> > a Sudbury School?
> 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?
> -Connie Shaw

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