I can see that the core beliefs are essential, few in number, and clear.
That, however, does not make them simple to adhere to in a 100% way. Ex.:
According to the SVS rules, Jesse will be allowed to go off campus when he
turns 8. He will have that "right" and that choice. For me, this is not
simple. (As a matter of fact, it is how simple Jesse may see it that
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2002 9:32 AM
Subject: Re: DSM: students rights
> Generally, I agreed with your e-mail. I found that it raised some
> extremely productive and important points.
> It isn't that I disagree with you, but I would like to point out one
> specific thing. Yes, I realize that it is hard to support anything 100%
> to expect "nothing less." But do you know, it is an extremely dangerous
> to walk on when addressing that concept.
> Specifically because I could understand people making the reasonable
> argument: "Well, we can't go 100%, but we can get close, so we can't
> absolutely NO coercion, and we can't expect absolutely NO political
> affiliation, etc. This could easily occur.
> I am sure that it is not what you intended, but it is a concept one
> readily keep in mind. In my opinion, weather one is a Staff member at
> Valley or a founder of a new Sudbury School, these concepts are of vital
> importance. Actually, I believe that it isn't that difficult if one is
> committed to following the core beliefs of Sudbury Valley 100%. Indeed, I
> would call it essential. And the reason that it is not difficult (there
> some difficulties, yes) is because they are few in number, and so clear,
> so simple.
> -Travis W.
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