Re: DSM: Re: Subtle Coercion?

Susan Jarquin (
Fri, 12 Jan 2001 12:45:33 -0800

    What is your affiliation with Sudbury? Founder? Staff? Parent?
All of the above?

Sam Senteney wrote:

>> Why do you see it as competition? Are you in danger of not having
>> enough
>> money to run the school? (I am seriously curious) Although that
>> must be
>> an extremely tough position, I can't accept the view that democratic
>> schools are in competition with each other. Sure, it makes logical
>> "business" sense with regard to increasing enrollment and obtaining
>> enough
>> money. But should we think of this wonderful thing we are giving
>> kids as a
>> "business"? (I do not in ANY form mean to imply that money issues
>> are not
>> important, they of course are very important). If we can drop that
>> and
>> instead think that we have a common hope and cause (giving as many
>> children
>> as possible a better education) than much more can be done. If we
>> view it
>> as a competition, I believe it is a guarantee that less will be
>> accomplished and at a slower rate.
> I think it is extremely important that the school thinks of itself as
> a business at all times. The sooner the Assembly and SM realize this
> and acts accordingly, the more secure and successful the school
> becomes (in my experience). I don't think it serves the school, or
> for that matter the parents who come up with the operating capital,
> well to "drop that and instead think that we have a common hope and
> cause...". I believe that to maintain a common hope and cause, we
> must as a school make sound business decisions. While it is true that
> we are in competition with each other, we are in cooperation to a much
> larger degree. Cooperation can be a powerful business strategy. The
> wisdom is in knowing which is more important in a particular
> situation. However, you must remember - your school is a business.
> Sam

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