DSM: RE: name calling and swearing (FWD)

From: Lea Mason (masonle@pacbell.net)
Date: Sun Apr 08 2001 - 01:53:55 EDT


What I have done with my kids is let them know when certain language offends
me. They have learned what is OK to say around Mom (and also neighbors,
relatives, etc), and that they can use different language with their peers
if they choose.

At least in a Sudbury school, anyone there is free to tell a speaker that
they find his/her language offensive, and to bring it to the Judicial system
if they feel a school rule has been violated. But it is up to the offended
person to speak up.

If I understand your message, you would feel OK if that language stayed at
school. Or perhaps better said, that it stays away from people who are
offended by it. That can happen.

I hope this is helpful.

Diablo Valley School parent

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> From: ZuZu <zuzuspetals@mediaone.net>
> To: discuss-sudbury-model@aramis.sudval.org
> Subject: name calling and swearing
> I am new to the list and am interested in how people feel about
> name-calling
> and swearing. My son (5yo) attends a free school and I am sometimes
> shocked by the language the kids use with each other and the staff.
> My DS has embraced a lot of these words and uses them often at home and in
> public. I am particularly concerned with the name-calling and
> swearing done
> outside of the (free) school environment. Some friends, neighbors and
> relatives find my DS's expanding vocabulary offensive. I am worried that
> people will run the other way when the see us coming!
> This is new to me and I'm not sure how to handle this. Any ideas?
> Casey

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