Re: DSM: Hello ( real message )

From: André Sanchez (
Date: Tue Oct 02 2001 - 01:13:36 EDT

Hello Amanda!

Thank you for sharing your story too. I agree with you, even not having a
SVS, I have myself, and that is the most important thing. You can be sure
that your message gave me more confidence!

P.S.: Starting a Sudbury School is one of the things that I would like to do
with my life. There is nothing that I feel more passionate about.

André Sanchez

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Amanda Phillips <>
> To: <>; <>
> Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2001 9:38 PM
> Subject: Re: DSM: Hello ( real message )
> >
> > Hello Andre,
> >
> > Thank you for sharing your story. I, too, am sad because I never had the
> > opportunity to go to a school like Sudbury Valley. How different my life
> > would have been! But I'm finding that even though I didn't have a school
> > like SudVal, I had myself, and that is the most important thing. I, too,
> > left school because I knew it wasn't right for me. Although I have no
> degree
> > and not even a high school diploma, I am now an accounting manager of a
> > group of six people. I learned everything I know on my own, and I know
> > can, too. So when you figure out what it is that you want to do with the
> > rest of your life (or even for just the next few years), you should feel
> > confident that you will be able to succeed based on your own efforts.
> >
> > You seem very bright, and I'm happy to hear that at such an early age
> > are taking charge of your own life and doing what is best for you. You
> > should be proud.
> >
> > Perhaps the answer to "What are you going to do with your life?" might
> > include starting a Sudbury school in Brazil! :)
> >
> > Amanda
> >
> >
> > >From: André Sanchez <>
> > >Reply-To:
> > >To: <>
> > >Subject: DSM: Hello ( real message )
> > >Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 15:55:56 -0300
> > >
> > > Hello!
> > >
> > > Before I begin, I just want to explain that I am not a citizen
> of
> > >an english speaking country ( I am from Brazil ) so don't expect my
> english
> > >to be perfect. Hopefully there won't be any problem in understanding
> > >but tell me if something just doesnt seem right. I am sorry if I bore
> > >all with this, or if it is out of the subject, but I need to tell
> someone.
> > > I am 15 years old ( 16 in november ). When I was 13 years old,
> > >left school. My parents DID NOT believe ( and still don't ) in giving
> > >freedom, but I believed, so I just didn't go to school when I didn't
> > >to go, didn't ask permition to go to the bathroom, and some other
> > >like that. So, of course, they sent me to a psychologist, I needed to
> to
> > >terapy two times a week and even started taking some medication.
> > >made any diference. So after one year of batles, they understood that
> > >nothing they could do was going to change the fact that I was not going
> to
> > >that school ( or any other similar school ), they made a lot of
> > >but in the end I was set free. However, one year ago, I decided to get
> back
> > >to school ( I still hated school, but the growing threats, pressure to
> "do
> > >something with my life", and a few more things, overwhelmed me). I was
> able
> > >to pass their test, and the school said that my skills were above
> > >and that they were very happy to have someone like me there ( I had
> > >problems with math, because I never studied the more complex things
> > >it, things where the aplication of a formula was more important to
> solving
> > >the problem then thinking logically about it ). I was able to atend
> > >regularly for a few weeks before I started not going to school
> I
> > >had better things to do at home ). Then, somewhere near march or may, I
> > >discovered the Sudbury Valley School. I read all the free articles in
> > >SVS's website, some of the messages from this list and some other
> > >from the Internet. I was surprised to see how similar our visions were,
> and
> > >to know that I was not alone. I cried the day I found SVS's website,
> I
> > >still cry today. I cry out of both happiness and sadness, hope and
> > >desperation. In my country, there is no school even remotely similar to
> > >( if you know of any, please, tell me ), so the only way I can go to a
> > >democratic/free school, is by going to another country. However, my
> family
> > >cannot afford going to another country, it can't even pay the tuiton
> > >such a school. My greatest wish, is to go to a school like SVS, but
> is
> > >not possible now. I am afraid that when I convince my parents that this
> is
> > >the right school for me, find a way to pay for it, and a way to live in
> the
> > >U.S., I will simply be too old. I just can't be tradicionally educated,
> > >can't live like that. I can just stay at home, but my parents are not
> happy
> > >with me leaving school again, they want a quick answer to the question
> > >"What are you going to do with your life?", so they can make me do it,
> but
> > >there is no way I can answer that. I think that I am in a better
> situation
> > >then if I was still going to school, but they want to force me into
> > >deciding something I am not ready to decide.
> > >
> > > I need advice, but even a friendly word would be nice. Even
> > >going to SVS, this changed my life, so I thank you for believing in
> > >you do, and for doing something about it.
> > >
> > >André Sanchez
> >
> >
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