Re: DSM: about Sudbury model

Mitch Berg (
Thu, 22 Mar 2001 20:25:26 -0600

I'm relatively new to "alternative" (yeah, I know) education. I've been
looking for Sudbury-model schools in my area. There are none - but I've
run across several schools that seem to be in varying degrees democratic.

In my months of lurking on this list, I've noticed a few posts that
mentioned other democratic school models that are similar to Sudbury. I
was wondering - does anyone have any sort primer or glossary as to the
various other models of democratic schools, and the ways in which they
differ from Sudbury schools?

Thanks in advance.

At 04:16 PM 3/22/2001 -0500, you wrote:
>Joseph wrote:
> > How about leaving people free to choose which norms they consider
> > irrational, and to fight against them if and how they wish? Why should
> it be
> > the staff's responsibility?
>I admit that it's not an easy and simple question. But as I've said IMO
>everybody's responsible of practically everything. What I want to
>accomplis with my school is to give as much freedom to the young people
>that attend as possible. And because the cultural norms are usually
>pretty strong and usually restrict the freedom of the people in certain
>culture, I consider it rational to stand against all irrational cultural
>norms as much as possible so that the young people could see that
>alternatives are possible and could make those decisions more freely. Of
>course everybody should be free to stand against whatever norms they
>choose to stand against or be free not to. But I just consider this a
>rational way of behavior in order to accomplis as much freedom as
>And it's not possible to stand visibly against some of the norms in
>order to keep the school going. For example standing against the sexual
>norms would probably provoce so much opposition that the school would be
>closed. But there are means of reaching for more rational behavior
>amongst a group of people and that is what I'm supposing.

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