Re: DSM: Sudbury Schools in an Urban setting

Susan Jarquin (
Thu, 01 Feb 2001 16:27:39 -0800

    What's the difference between certifying someone to use the oven and
certifying someone to leave campus? Keep in mind I'm thinking about safety. I've
noticed that most of the schools have a rule that kids under 8 are on campus
anyway. So I'm probably just spinning my wheels anyway.
    Also, could a kid come and sign in at school and take off for the day?
Susan wrote:

> In a message dated 1/31/01 1:18:55 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> writes:
> << I'm thinking there would probably have to be some sort of certification for
> explorations outside of the school. The safety issues would be different.
> Instead of knowing about the dangers of the pond or bugs, the kids would
> have to
> be aware of gang members and crime. Things that we all have to be aware of
> as
> city dwellers.
> >>
> I'm curious as to how this could work?
> Do some schools actually certify people for explorations outside of school?
> It seems an unreasonable for schools to be making decisions, on a case by
> case basis, as to who is qualified to look after themselves in the world.
> At Fairhaven, where we had woods and streams, and icy winters, we didn't
> "certify" people to explore them, (on or off campus.) Instead, we made every
> effort to be forthright with potential students and their parents about these
> and other possible areas of concern.
> I think you are right in that there would have to be a great deal of
> awareness of the safety concerns particular to an urban setting. Admissions
> interviewers would be wise to discuss ome of these in detail with potential
> enrollees. My experience is that kids who grow up in cities acquire
> street-smarts very early in life, as they are relevant to their survival,
> just as kids from any background learn the rules of safety that are relevant
> to them.
> Ultimately, parents need to decide if they think their children can be
> responsible for their own well-being, before sending them to any Sudbury
> school. For some, this means trusting their children to respect their (the
> parents') rules and limits. For others it means trusting the child will make
> good decisions on his or her own.
> I'm starting to get distracted here. (I have JC in two minutes.) I hope
> this is clear.
> -Robert

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