Re: DSM: dancing

The Booroobin Sudbury School (
Sun, 21 Jan 2001 08:31:13 +1000

Hi Anne & Theo,
It's up to each SVM School to decide whether or not to offer courses to
Students. I think that most have found that adult inspired or motivated
courses do not necessarily match with Students' needs, in timing or
interest. Sure one or more Students might take it up, but when no-one does,
and that may be likely to happen more than once, then whoever is offering it
will get to know that Students work out what they need to learn, from their
interaction with the world around them and their interests. Is there a
reason for wishing to offer a course? Although we know and respect
Summerhill, and there are many similarities, we don't regard Summerhill as a
sister School of the Sudbury network.
Regards, Derek
The Booroobin Sudbury School
Ph/fax +61 07 5499 9944
----- Original Message -----
From: "Anne and Theo Julienne" <>
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Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2001 6:13 AM
Subject: Re: DSM: dancing

> > I don't understand the following statement:
> > >A closed "Sudbury" mind is still a closed mind.>
> >
> > Is it a statement on the strings that led after yours?
> >
> > Michelle
> > LVS
> Michelle,
> Thank you for your interest and your acceptance of the subject title.
> The statement was elicited by the strings that followed.
> BTW, I am NOT saying that Sudbury minds are closed.
> only that
> A closed "Sudbury" mind is still a closed mind.
> Hoping this helps to clarify.
> I guess that what I'm really probing is this:
> My son and I are planning on starting a new school here in Sydney.
> The "democratic" processes so far consist of consensus decision-making
> in an informal setting, but then ratified at a more formal meeting at
> Minutes are taken.
> We have decided that our school will offer courses of study but that
> to undertake any course will not carry any penalty. My son is extremely
> psychologically perceptive and is capable of determining whether I really
> mean this or not. (I also happen to believe that he is not unique in
> possessing these powers.)
> So our school will be democratic and non-coercive, but with courses on
> offer.
> I'm trying to ascertain whether it will be capable of becoming a Sudbury
> Sister School or not. Offering courses resembles Summerhill which is
> as a sister school, but I wonder whether a new school with courses would
> accepted into the club.
> (BTW the decision to offer courses has been made very recently and
> my original post on the issue. It has yet to be ratified.)
> Thank you again for your attention and interest.
> Anne

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