Re: DSM: Graduates without essential life skills

From: Mark Ide (mide@rcn.com)
Date: Thu Nov 29 2001 - 13:51:15 EST


Hi Bill:

Is Plasticine a game? What do you mean by, "defending themselves" and "to
become undefended."

Did I miss an earlier email, or something?

Thanks,

Mark
----- Original Message -----
From: <Sugmapl@aol.com>
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Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2001 10:18 PM
Subject: Re: DSM: Graduates without essential life skills

> Dear Ardishir, Edwardo, Galyle, Kristina, Mark, Peter and William,
>
> Thank you very very much.
>
> At the moment it appears I am nearly certain of only three things.
>
> First, if children play Plasticine for months and months, it is clear that
> they are not expending vast quantities of emotional and psychological
energy
> defending themselves. They have seized freedom and have used it to become
> undefended. Undefended life is the whole of the value of Sudbury.
>
> Secondly, because Sudbury allows undefended life it is about 10 thousand
> times more valuable than the usual and prevailing notion of a school. But
> never forget that the people at Sudbury, the actual staff and children,
the
> very ones who risk living undefended life, are, in fact, 10 thousand times
> more valuable than Sudbury.
>
> And thirdly, I am indeed certain, that I had a child and visited a hundred
> schools and then saw Sudbury. And it broke my heart. To think of all the
> schools, and all the children.
>
>
> Warm Regards,
> Bill Richardson
>
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