Re: DSM: "The purpose for which [Sudbury] is formed ..."

From: David Rovner (
Date: Fri Feb 01 2002 - 05:09:01 EST

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Ardeshir Mehta, N.D." <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2002 7:15 AM
Subject: Re: DSM: "The purpose for which [Sudbury] is formed ..."

> Hi Liz,
> You wrote:
> > ... How do you measure whether
> > the staff are without hope, dreams or anticipation? I would be very
> > as I have yet to meet such a person, all the people I know are full of
> > dreams and anticipation. I can't help wondering if I would want such a
> > person around my children, particularly if all the adults were of this
> I get your point: You *as a parent*, anticipate that your children
> will in some way improve, become in some respects better, during
> their stay at a free school. If they didn't, you might pull your chil-
> dren out of that school, and send them to one that *isn't* free!
> That's because *you* have hopes for *them*.
> But consider this: What's more important *to them* (and *not* to
> *you*)? Is improvement more important, or is freedom more im-
> portant?
> And what gift would you rather give, as their parent, to your chil-
> dren: the gift of what's important for *them*, or the gift of what's
> important for *you*?
> When the question is put in this way, I think there can be only one
> answer!
> In this context I am reminded of Kahlil Gibran's famous poem, "On
> Children" (from his book *The Prophet*), and which I think bears
> repeating here:
> Your children are not your children.
> They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
> They come through you but not from you,
> And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
> You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
> For they have their own thoughts.
> You may house their bodies but not their souls,
> For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
> which you cannot visit, not even in you dreams.
> You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
> For life goes not backward not tarries with yesterday.
> You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent
> The Archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
> and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
> Let our bending in the Archer's hand be for gladness;
> For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow
that is stable.
> The "stable bow" is you and I, the parents, who should trust the
> Archer, having faith that He knows best where and how the arrows
> -- i.e., our children -- should go! "Let our bending in the Archer's
> hand be for gladness", for it is only He -- and not we, nor any of
> the staff at any kind of school, free or un-free -- who can "see the
> mark upon the path of the infinite".
> Blessings,
> Ardeshir <>.


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