Re: DSM: students rights

From: Ann Ide (ann.ide@rcn.com)
Date: Thu Jan 24 2002 - 11:26:08 EST


Thanks. Both of your posts were very clear and helpful.
Ann
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bruce Smith" <bsmith@coin.org>
To: <discuss-sudbury-model@sudval.org>
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2002 9:28 AM
Subject: Re: DSM: students rights

> At 9:00 AM 1/24/02, Ann Ide wrote:
> >I have always wondered about how this works at Sudbury schools. Does it
fit
> >with the model for staff to make offers?
>
> The short answer: no.
>
> The somewhat longer answer: it depends. ;-)
>
> As I said, it's subtle. But if you have a relationship with someone -- a
> friend -- and you encounter something you know your friend would be
> interested in (because, well, you _know_ them); or if you see that your
> friend is having difficulty, then sure, you'd say something (because,
well,
> you care about your friend). On the other hand, if it's because you're the
> adult, and you think you know better, and the student -- who hasn't asked,
> who isn't talking to you, etc. -- could benefit from your great wisdom and
> years of experience, then I would question the offering of help.
>
> The issue is one of maintaining a level playing field, so to speak; as
> staff, trying not to pre-empt student's rights to decide for themselves
> that they need something, and to go about meeting that need.
>
> Hope this helps,
>
> Bruce
>
>
>
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