Re: DSM: Interest increasing?

John Axtell (
Sat, 06 Jan 2001 18:21:50 -0800


I found your comments very thought provoking.

May I get your opinion on a concept?

Why does anyone think that a "democracy" results in "freedoms"?

Why do people consider rules decided on by a majority of a group to be less
onerous than rules decided on by a dictator ?

In dealing with parents in a public school setting I find their ideas much
more upsetting than those of the school superintendent (the dictator).

John Axtell

Bruce Smith wrote:

> Given the disagreement evident even in these recent posts, here's one more
> reason for using the term "Sudbury"...despite the refusal to codify and
> enforce the term, it seems much clearer than the broader term,
> "democratic." That is, it's somewhat easier to communicate and understand
> what is meant by the more specific term, particularly when you have a group
> of actual schools to point to.
> Sudbury schools believe in students' possessing an utterly equal voice in
> all decisions affecting the school, and in complete freedom of choice for
> students (with democratically-regulated behavioral responsibility). Period.
> Is a school which offer a qualified, conditional freedom to its students
> not democratic? That's not for me to say. But I would have some difficulty
> thinking of such a place as a Sudbury school (good thing it's not up to me,
> eh? :).
> Bruce Smith

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