Re: DSM: The Value of the Sudbury Model

From: John Axtell (
Date: Mon Apr 16 2001 - 16:47:01 EDT


I am now beginning to understand where the value of the SV model is. It is
not the fact that freedom is so important as it is exactly what you say
below, it is an environment, a paradigm, that can not be given in any other
way. I am giving some thought of how to provide a SV model option within
our Academy for those who want that model. I think the high structure of
the SV model would give some nice alternatives to our students.


Marko Koskinen wrote:

> John, this is aimed mostly to you =)
> I believe that in our culture or in any culture in that matter, children
> tend to pick up the same professions their parents have. They look up to
> their parents very much. If their parents are working class, the
> children tend to pick up working class professions, and that goes to
> middle class and owning class children as well.
> The value of the Sudbury Model is to provide a wide variety of
> alternatives to the professions that the parents can provide. The young
> people in Sudbury model schools are exposed to lots of different
> possiblities. This doesn't mean that the model undermines the role model
> function of the parents but it gives some alternatives.
> This is one of the main values I see in a Sudbury Model education, to
> mix the social classes in an empowering environment. In public schools
> the social classes are somewhat mixed also but because of the oppressive
> environment that doesn't really do the job.
> This is also the main reason why I would want our school to be
> government funded, so that everybody regardless of their economic status
> could take advantage of the model.
> John, I've understood that the young people you are talking about are
> mostly from working class and poor families. Without intervention of a
> mixed social class group of young people in non-formal setting, the
> chain of social class background cannot be easily broken.
> Marko

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