you know, I was thinking, maybe there should be a book called The Proof is
in the Pudding, and compile short stories from all of the students on why
Sudbury works. Let the children speak for themselves. Do the ratios, etc.
give them what they want. the facts.
I am going up to the Springfield area in March and was contemplating
checking out a school along the way. I am in So Cal. btw...What I would like
to do is check out a business plan, and perhaps financials, start up info so
I can put together my own business plan for the SBA and two grant companies
I have offers to submit business plans on.
Anybody have anything to offer, share, etc? It will be myself coming, and
perhaps Yvonne, my assistant.
----- Original Message -----
From: Howard, Jason M <JHoward@clarku.edu>
Sent: Saturday, February 09, 2002 5:29 PM
Subject: DSM: RE: let's start something big
> Ann and Travis,
> I completely agree with you. If I were writing for parents, and even more
> if I were writing for teachers, I would definitely pace myself, and try to
> see things from their point of view before trying to convince them
> otherwise. As for my article, I am writing for the most general teenage
> audience I possibly can while still being persuasive. At the same time, my
> writing is really better suited for those who are already thinking of an
> alternative than for those who are content in the system. But I think
> are a lot of desperate teenagers who ARE looking for a way out -- but
> know exactly how to find it -- and certainly don't think leaving school is
> the answer. I want to convince them that the answer is right in front of
> them -- I'm trying to provide a flag, telling them, "LOOK HERE!" But
> them to really look is the hard part.
> So, I think I'd make much more of an impact by aiming my arguments towards
> people who KNOW that school is making them suffer, than I would by aiming
> them at people who don't even realize the harmful effects schooling is
> having on them.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ann Ide [SMTP:email@example.com]
> Sent: Saturday, February 09, 2002 3:34 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: DSM: let's start something big
> Hi Travis, and Jason,
> That's a good point that Travis makes about not criticizing the
> beliefs of those you are trying to persuade. In trying to explain Sudbury
> schooling to my friends and family I have also noticed that this approach
> pretty limited. Instead I try to focus on what is possible for my kids by
> going to this kind of school. It's a tricky balancing act. To talk about
> the damage possible from traditional education seems so much more
> convincing! I think it is useful, when possible, to pace where the person
> is at (show them you understand where they're coming from) and them to
> them to the new ideas.
> This discussion may not be relevant to your "article", however.
> Again, it depends on who your audience is. I got the sense that you were
> talking to teenagers who probably are already leaning in your direction
> are looking for some way out of their suffering. If this is the case,
> approach can work, I think.
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