Re: DSM: Sudbury Schools in an Urban setting

Dana Matthew Bennis (
Mon, 05 Feb 2001 12:18:42 -0500

Hear, hear Prohibido!

I'm not going to add my opinion about the specific issue being discussed
(it seems to be closed now)- but as an observer, it seemed that most of the
responses from other people were immediately defensive. As Prohibido said,
"Mistakes are a part of life." We tell kids that, we ought to tell
ourselves that as well.

>I know this is a private listserve. But cannot we be able to discuss the
>model without attacks or the need to be right? Cannot we speak of possible
>weaknesses in the model at times? Only through bringing things out into the
>open can we learn from our mistakes. Mistakes aren't bad. They're
>necessary, and a part of life.
>I have no problem admitting when I'm wrong. I invite it. But I see the
>model go much deeper than that.
>I've received private emailes from Russia and other foreign countries after
>some have read the posts on the listserve. Instead of promoting the model,
>some are fighting and becoming defensive about it. Defense is not needed.
>You either see it or you don't.The model speaks for itself. It's about the
>respect and freedom of children. I'd like to see it grow, whatever it takes.
>If we fight amongst ourselves, how can we promote the model abroad? The
>speaks for itself. It's about the respect of children. Let's keep our eye
>on the ball okay. :)

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