I forward a mail from Jerry Mintz, AERO -
I think it would be really wonderful if people on the group could take a
little time and e-mail the Mayor of Taipei City (address below) asking him
to reconsider his decision to close this unique school.
It could just be a few lines...
C.c. your letter to the school.
The school would so appreciate it, and remember, Amnesty International has
worked wonders with writing letters', so we could all contribute in a
meaningful way to keeping the Pei Cheng Autonomous Experimental School alive.
Again please, a small amount of time to help like minded people could go a
I also attach at the end the Auto Reply from the Mayors office, to give a
favour of his priorities.
>Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2001 22:27:56 EDT
>Subject: <aerolist> Fwd: Help An Alt. School in Taiwan
>To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
>X-Mailer: AOL 5.0 for Mac sub 28
>What can we do to help this school? For those who don't remember, Yoshi is a
>researcher in Japan who has worked at Summerhill and recently visited the
>AERO office in New York.
>I met a wonderful group of people in Taipei when I visited there
>last week. They are running an alternative secondary-level school
>in the city, but in trouble to carry on their practices.
>For details, pls refer to the following message that I have just
>received from them. They say that the present officials in charge
>of the free school may well concern about international voices.
>I hope that some kind of pressure will go to the officials with
>carbon copy to the address of the school, so that they can take
>an action with international supports.
>Please try to send their voices through the international network
>that you think best.
>They are the only alternative school at the secondary level in
>Alternative Edcuation Researcher,
>-----Urgent 'HELP Message' from Taiwan-------
>*A Free School in Danger *
>Dear friends, 6/1,2001
> We are the teachers & students from Pei Cheng Autonomous
>Experimental School, the first free learning middle school ever
>established in Taipei, Taiwan. Much emphasis of the school has been
>placed on: Democracy, Love and Freedom. Its goal is to develop in its
>students a sense of independent learning and enthusiasm in search of the
>truth. Our school is small but well organized. It was originally
>promoted solely by a small group of enthusiastic parents & teachers, and
>since 1998 it has gained the financial support and has been supervised
>by the Bureau of Education of Taipei City.
>For the past three years, the general evaluations to the school
>conducted by the Bureau of Education have given us quite good ratings on
>developing students' independent thinking and motivating students'
>Our former mayor, Chen Shui Bien, and his team of workers wholeheartedly
>advocated the school, while our present mayor, Ma Yin Chiu, has not been
>supportive. The policy that new students' registration is not being
>allowed from the year 2001 on, unfortunately, was declared in Jan, 2000
>by Ma's government. Without new students, the school will encounter a
>major schooling management crisis. The worst of all is those students
>who stay without new schoolmates are actually mentally labeled or
>isolated. After many rounds of tough negotiations with Taipei City
>government officials, there is still no sign indicating that they will
>revise the policy. We think it is unwise of Ma Yin Chiu to make a
>decision like this. It not only inhibits the diversity within the school
>system in Taiwan but also retards the development of a democratic
>Now our dear friends, we do need your help. By June 15th, 2001, we
>strongly urge you to support us in the following way: please send an
>e-mail directly to our mayor Ma Yin Chiu, or please contact us to get
>Mayor Ma Yin Chiu
>Pei Cheng Autonomous Experimental School
> All the Ts & Ss from Pei Cheng
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With kind regards and best wishes,
Mayor of Taipei
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