Re: DSM: Re: Subtle Coercion?

Sam Senteney (
Fri, 12 Jan 2001 19:28:54 -0800

With Sudbury - none of those. At Sacramento Valley School - Founder,
Staff, Trustee, and former Parent. (My daughter was a founding student)

I forgot this time to state my affiliation. I must remember to be more
diligent about that...

At 12:45 PM 1/12/01 -0800, you wrote:
> 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.

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