Re: DSM: Can it be too big?

Mike Sadofsky (
Wed, 21 Mar 2001 22:18:51 -0500

I'd l;ike to try to address this from a somewhat different
SVS chose this democratic method of governance in the School Meeting
at least in part because that system remains in play in many
communities in this part of the country. Towns with populations on
the order of 20,000 people continue to govern themselves with a "town
meeting" held annually over several days/evenings, where propositions
of consequence are debated and voted upon in much the fashion that SVS
uses in the SM.
I would not presume to suggest that a Sudbury model school of 20,000
is viable, but I would suggest that at 200+, SVS has not approached a
limit to growth from the perspective of SM or JC size.
On Wed, 21 Mar 2001 21:49:00 -0500, you wrote:

> I have my own hypotheses about how
>> large such schools can grow, but they are really irrelevent
>> --Scott David Gray
>I would be interested to hear your hypotheses if you'd be willing to share
>them. I understand that every school will be different and there are
>inumerable variables involved. I just want to play with the idea a little.
>Does it get difficult to make decisions and hold effective school meetings
>with a larger group of people? or does the democratic setting automatically
>take care of it? Does it take more time with a larger group? SVS would
>really have a lot of history with this one because they have been both small
>and now quite large (in comparison). They have also honed the process over
>the years so it may seem easier now even with the larger numbers than it did
>in the early years with smaller numbers.
>In play,

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