Re: DSM: Re: TCS (Taking Children Seriously): Non-coercive Schools?

From: Dana Matthew Bennis (
Date: Fri Feb 22 2002 - 23:35:40 EST

At 12:48 AM 2/22/02 -0500, you wrote:
>So the question still stands: What would it take for Sudbury to aban-
>don coerciveness in favour of non-coercive methods of conflict reso-
>lution, such as, in Deutsch's terms, seeking "common preferences"?

Dear Ardeshir and others,

What do you imagine the conflict resolution would be like, if rules and
sentences are taken away?

One thought: If there were no rules and perhaps less formal procedures for
solving problems, there would be more of a chance that a person or persons
could assert a great deal of power over the resolution process. This would
take away from those involved the opportunity to solve their own problems
in their own terms, something which seems more coercive than rules and
sentences. What would stop this from happening?


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