DSM: RE: Unschooling?

From: Joe Jackson (shoeless@jazztbone.com)
Date: Sat Apr 14 2001 - 23:38:48 EDT


"Unschooling" or "deschooling" specifically refers to home schooling in the
manner of John Holt's writings, which bears strong resemblence to how much
of the learning in the SM happens. I am certain that you have
misunderstood.

Joe J.

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[mailto:owner-discuss-sudbury-model@aramis.sudval.org]On Behalf Of Matthew
Wolf
Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2001 5:50 AM
To: discuss-sudbury-model@aramis.sudval.org
Subject: DSM: Unschooling?

I don't like the type of education I recieved in my formative years being
classified as "unschooling." Where did this term come from? Maybe my
objection to the term is just an issue of petty semantics, but as I see it,
the term "unschooling" isn't really applicable to SVS. Enrollees at SVS
learn through experience and exposure, which is the purpose of a school.
Although students have complete freedom to choose what they experience or
what they are exposed to, it is still education, A.K.A. schooling. The term
"unschooling" implies that those who have been "unschooled" would not be
prepared to succeed in other schools without the "un" prefix. SVS is a
school, despite its extreme difference in philosophy from all other
educational models. If it weren't a school, I wouldn't have paid thousands
of dollars a year to attend...For those of you who don't know me, I
graduated from SVS 2 years ago and I'm currently pursuing a bachelor's
degree ! in! Political Science and Philosophy from American University, in
Washington, DC. I was so far from "unschooled" at SVS, that I plan on going
to school (without the "un") for 5 more years and getting my law degree.

Matthew A. Wolf
mwolfgop@yahoo.com

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