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

From: Mike Sadofsky (
Date: Fri Feb 01 2002 - 09:03:44 EST

And I thought those angels had already moved from the head to the
point of the pin. :)

On Fri, 1 Feb 2002 08:30:39 -0500 (EST), Scott David Gray
<> wrote:

> Was the government of Massachusetts formed "to secure the
>existence of the body politic, [and] to protect it" or "to
>furnish the individuals who compose it with ... their
>natural rights?"
> Do Sudbury model schools exist in order to help people
>develop in an environment of trust and caring, or do they
>exist in order to establish freedom?
> Both of these groups are pluralistic. Both sets of goals
>are held. Neither goal trumps the other, nor is either goal
>compromised for the other when feasible.
> As a citizen of Massachusetts who is interested in
>protecting these natural rights, I generally do not see the
>broad aim of protecting the body politic as inconsistent
>with our natural rights. Rather, when/if I see rights being
>compromised I make a stink about that case of rights being
>compromised -- rather than over the notion that most persons
>and/or groups have more than one aim in life/existance.
> This back-and-forth argument over when/if the staff and/or
>body politic in a Sudbury school could/would compromise the
>students' freedom is more than pointless. Rather than
>speaking in hypotheticals perhaps one of the persons arguing
>would enlighten us by mentioning ONE instance of this
>happening in a Sudbury school so it can be discussed?
> Damn it, my train of thought was broken and I lost count.
>It's hard enough to keep the head of this pin steady, and
>those angels move so fast!


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