Re: DSM: Re: Diploma

From: Ann Ide (ann.ide@rcn.com)
Date: Sun Dec 09 2001 - 22:25:27 EST


Success would be when one demonstrates and convinces those involved in the
process, that one has met or achieved some agreed upon standards. ...I
think.

Ann
----- Original Message -----
From: Ardeshir Mehta, N.D. <ardeshir@sympatico.ca>
To: <discuss-sudbury-model@sudval.org>
Sent: Sunday, December 09, 2001 3:40 PM
Subject: Re: DSM: Re: Diploma

> Hi all,
>
>
>
> Re. just this bit:
>
> > <snip>
> >
> > My automatic understanding of the word diploma is a document granted
upon
> > the _successful_ completion of a course of study.
>
> The problem is defining what is "successful".
>
> Is it a sign of success when someone -- be it child or adult -- just
> does as he or she is told, without evaluating exactly WHY they
> should be doing it?
>
> Is it a sign of success if someone remembers certain data for an
> exam, promptly forgetting them after the exam is over?
>
> Is it a sign of success that someone (again, be it child or adult)
> achieves a certain goal, if that goal is in fact insignificant or
> unimportant -- and as a corollary, is it a sign of failure if they do
> NOT achieve a goal which happens to be great and worthwhile, but
> which is very, very hard to achieve, perhaps even impossible,
> though one may try as hard as one can to achieve it? (As an
> example of the latter, bringing about peace on earth; as an example
> of the former, remembering the dates of certain historical events
> that took place centuries ago.)
>
> These are rhetorical questions, but they show that success or
> failure is not as easy to measure as may be commonly thought.
>
>
>
> Best wishes,
>
> Ardeshir <http://homepage.mac.com/ardeshir/AllMyFiles.html>.
>
>
>
>
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