Perhaps the following paragraph -- extracted from
"Is Sudbury Valley a School?" from Reflections on the Sudbury School
Concept By Daniel Greenberg and available as the full article at
can illuminate the sudbury perspective that staff are expected to
refrain from anticipating the needs of enrolled individuals and
offering unsolicited assistance and/or advice. If my comment needs
further clarification, I mean it to be applicable during normal times
and inapplicable under such extreme situations as injury, when
immediate assistance is appropriate.
> The raw material is perfect. Our major task as adults is to get out of the way, to provide an environment where we don't interfere, where we minimize to every extent possible the barriers that prevent children from doing what they want to do naturally. To the extent that we succeed, they'll be alert, they'll explore, they'll be active, they'll be healthy. They'll be solving problems all day, problems that they set for themselves and attack with a passion. Leave children alone and what's the first thing you notice? Their intensity. Their involvement. Their focus.
On Mon, 28 Jan 2002 14:37:45 -0500, Ardeshir wrote:
>> I can only speak for myself, but, the issue seems to have gone further
>> back in time. It is really quite clear.
>> It is my belief (and apparently others as well) that, in the specific
>> context of education (which, let us be serious, is entirely different then
>> other contexts, as opposed to your observations) it is wrong to "offer," or
>> whatever you want to call it, help to a student. Period.
>I agree that in an EDUCATION context it is wrong.
>But let us remember that Sudbury is NOT education! It is, as (I
>think) Scott wrote once, "Life lived, period."
>In life lived, period, it is definitely NOT wrong to offer help.
>Indeed it is wrong NOT to do so, because it goes against the best in
>> I feel myself and
>> others have been quite clear on this issue. Why the constant need for
>> reiteration and misinterpretation?
>Because it is crucial. Is the Sudbury philosophy in keeping with
>the best in human nature, or is it not? It is inherent in the best of
>human natures to offer help. If the Sudbury philosophy is against
>this, then it is against the best in human nature! And I for one
>would vehemently oppose such an approach.
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