RE: DSM: Interest increasing?

Jerome Mintz (
Sun, 4 Mar 2001 13:19:18 -0500 (EST)

Dear Mitch:
there is a democratic school in your area. It is called the Second
Foundation School. Do you know it? It's a great school, my favorite inyour
area. It is at 1219 University Ave in Minneapolis. Phone is 612 378 1014.

Jerry Mintz

On Wed, 3 Jan 2001, Mitch Berg wrote:

> Hi, all:
> Every time I join a mailing list, I tell myself I'm going to wait a few
> weeks before posting, just to get the lay of the land. And every time, a
> post comes along that piques my interest and forces me to break my vow.
> I'm Mitch Berg. I live in St. Paul, have two kids, and a few conversations
> with another list member have sparked my interest in different education
> models. Scott's post begs a few questions for me...
> ...starting with the hazards of these types of schools:
> > Unfortunately, there are _many_ difficulties in the road to setting up a
> > school. These involve vast expenditures of time and money, often involves
> > alienating friends and family, and can even involve hurting one's own
> kids...
> Leaving the money aside, what are the issues that crop up with family,
> friends and kids?
> > If one doesn't have a number of _very_ dedicated people, one doesn't have
> > the good fortune to live in an area where the law and bureacracy will
> > allow it
> What are the sorts of law/bureaucracy issues you run into? I can imagine
> some, but...?
> > Several people, after examining the problems associated with starting a
> > school like this, have decided that it is easier to move (even if it
> > involves finding a new home and/or job) than to start a school.
> Well, moving is not an option. If I can't live in St. Paul, why live at
> all? Seriously, that leads to perhaps my biggest, if most premature
> question; is there any way one find if there is a group interested in the
> Sudbury model in my area?
> > I do think that you're right in general though; the excitement about these
> > ideas has been steadily growing, and I think that over time the rate at
> > which the excitement about these ideas have grown has, itself, grown.
> Well, my interest is certainly piqued...
> Thanks in advance for any info.
> Mitch Berg

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