DSM: Re: Subtle Coercion?

Melissa Tyson (mvtyson@hotmail.com)
Sun, 07 Jan 2001 03:57:05 -0000

People aren't honest in their adult relationships either and they constantly
go around trying to coerce each other into thinking the same way they do
themselves so I doubt that that would work at all.

>From: "Joe Jackson" <shoeless@jazztbone.com>
>Reply-To: discuss-sudbury-model@aramis.sudval.org
>To: <discuss-sudbury-model@aramis.sudval.org>
>Subject: DSM: RE: RE: RE: RE: Subtle Coercion?
>Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2001 22:31:25 -0500
>There is an oft-repeated axiom among much of the folks at various Sudbury
>schools I have been totally fortunate to associate with, that a good
>guideline for finding that "fuzzy line" between leading a child and walking
>alongside is: Is what I'm saying to her something I would say to an adult
>casual acquaintance?
>In other words, I would not walk up to an adult that I had known for a
>time and say, "Hey, I noticed you working with a calculator yesterday. You
>know, there's this great book on mathematics in the library."
>I might, however, walk up to a casual acquaintance and say, "Was that xyz I
>saw you reading the yesterday? Oh, how do you like it? I read her other
>book, zyx." etc.
>Knowing and being honest with yourself regarding your intention when you
>speak to a student is likewise important. Avoiding the "seduction of the
>teachable moment". :)

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