> I love it!!! What an idea! The thing that really impresses me, though,
> your dogged determination in the face of million dollar barriers to find a
> solution. It makes my hurdles seem like anthills by comparison.
Way to go Warren!
And they are just ant hills. Even mine ! You just got to get "out the box".
I forgot to mention the glossy brochure I'm going to do showing all the
fantastic facilities we provide. Let me ask you:-
Which school in Our City / Japan / NO, The World, can offer it's students:
A library with 2,000,000 books,
6 sandy beaches all ranging from 1- 6 miles in length,
An island with a flower garden on top,
8 swimming pools,
I don't know how many children's parks,
A Biological garden,
18 streams including waterfalls,
Resevois for fishing (20 or so),
Base ball fields,
Yep, it's gonna be wunhellova brochure ! An advertisers dream!
Message to teachers (and parents):
Children learn in spite of us, not because of us!
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Alexander / Michiru Streater <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2001 7:21 AM
> Subject: DSM: The ultimate SVS model start-up kit. ( U gotta hear this)
> > > I'd love to just rent a place and go with it
> > > because there isn't much else we can do at this point. The trouble is
> > that
> > > we need 3 directors to be in the non-profit org and they don't want to
> > take
> > > on that kind of liability by taking a chance on renting with no
> > > It's a rock and a hard place!
> > Hey Cindy,
> > I might have the perfect solution for you !
> > My last attempt at getting this off the ground failed partley because
> > I was too successful in showing the mechanism of real learning to
> > parents. (They all left town to search out going concerns when they
> > discovered I had not raised enough money, and that the time scale
> > was too long ie, fantasy 3 months, reality 18 months + they all have
> > to be involved.)
> > I know that the problems each community faces differ. Here are some
> > of ours. You may find that our solution works for you though :-)
> > Problem 1)
> > Here in Japan, land is -really- expensive. This has been the main
> > stumbling block. If we go outside the city limits, you find the cost
> > of land goes down by only 20%-35% or so from the city prices. Even
> > farm land in the middle of no-where costs, and then we would be too
> > far from the target customer.
> > Problem 2)
> > It is actually illegal for any Japanese parent residing in Japan not to
> > send their Japanese child to a school approved by the Central
> > Government. Approval requires using ONLY Government approved
> > text books, a Government approved daily time table, a Government
> > approved yearly time table and Government approved teachers,
> > ho by law MUST be Japanese citizens. MUST !
> > I tell you! If I succeed in getting it going here, I should dedicate
> > to flying to other locations around the world to help creat workable
> > solutions!
> > Our solution. #1
> > There is a piece of land 100 meters from where I live. 3-4 tennis court
> > size, appartments all around, vacant for the last 30 years or so. Worth
> > $10m, we can't buy it. Renting is impossible, as the law gives too
> > generous rights to tennants. Why not be employed to "look after the
> > land". When the bank wants to build something/ sell it, they can give us
> > 2 months notice to go. Not so secure, but ok to get started.
> > Our solution. #2
> > My "main man" and I found a hill-side town, recently developed for
> > nice houses, with many plots for sale. The hill overlooked the fields
> > just outside the city (soon to be covered with concrete though),
> > clean air, and the city bus service terminates 2 busses from town
> > right on the hill. 100 meters from the bus "turn around point" the
> > terraced fields rise up the hill to the forest.
> > We were interested in these fields, as space will be important. Too
> > expesive. 1 tennis court sized plot $2-3 mill. Poo. Then, we noticed
> > that the city govnt. had built a huge children's park, slides, swings,
> > climbing frames, base-ball zone, soccer zone, running track, toilets. .
> > right at the bottom of the houing area.
> > "Ah ha!" my friend said, "The City goverment will help us after all,
> > to the tune of n billions of yen by providing this here facility!" YES,
> > we could get a plot for a small house next to / near the park, put
> > the school on the plot, let the kids go where they please! The cheek
> > of it! That one small plot though, was still too expensive. Back to the
> > drawing board.
> > #3 Our Solution El Suprimo
> > We got to joking around how the city gvnt. could provide us with all
> > kinds of locations, museums, parks, exhibitions , all for free. They'd
> > be indirectly funding a school that opporates diametrically opposite
> > to their ideal! . . . and then it hit us.
> > We'd make everything in the whole city a facility of the school,
> > including the beach! The idea runs like this:
> > because almost everything is accessable by train, bus and bike, kids
> > can decide from week to week where they want to put the school
> > the following week. If sand castles, shells and sea-weed leads them
> > to the beach, so be it. A week at the museum? OK, The apple orchard
> > in the hills? Here's the map! The zoo? The Biological gardens? Hiking in
> > the forest? Ohori Park? Odo Park? The park with little electric cars
> > for kids to drive and learn road safety?
> > EX CE LENT !
> > So where's the school? We are going to get a big bus or truck, strip it
> > out, put a kitchen in, a toilet, mini library and whatever else we
> > we need.
> > It happens that my right hand man is in the second hand industrial
> > equipment biz, you know, tractors, buldozers, etc. He was at an auction
> > a week before our revelation at which a couple of airport concertina-
> > busses were sold for $50 each! Now they don't come along everyday
> > but hardly an auction goes by without something going for a song. And
> > an airport bus, can you imagine the milage? too and from the airport
> > building along the tarmac to the plane, for ten years. It was like new.
> > They had never even changed the tires! But driving a concertina on
> > Japanese roads ???? That's tough, but the inspiration was given.
> > And what about a permanent site? Well, we have decided that that
> > -is- still important. Discusion on why later. But think of it. If the
> > need to spend 6 weeks exploring a new beach front and it's forest, ok!
> > Any comments?
> > Alexander Streater
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