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

From: Ardeshir Mehta, N.D. (
Date: Tue Feb 26 2002 - 20:26:16 EST

Hi everyone, and especially Travis and David,

Don't you think David's post (of Fri, 22 Feb 2002 01:19:31-0500)
and Travis's (partially re-quoted hereunder) are mutually contra-
dictory? David claims, as I understand it, that the philosophies
of TCS and SVS are *not* contradictory to one another; on the
other hand, Travis claims, as I understand it, that they are.

So who is right? Surely both cannot be so.


Ardeshir <>


(By the way, TCS has never opted for "consensus" -- rather their
Web pages make it clear that they are very much *against* con-
sensus. Of course they are not in favour of "majority rules", as in
democracy, either. They are in favour of what they call "common
preferences", which is not at all the same as consensus -- and of
course it is also not the same as "majority rules".)


Travis W. wrote:

> To list,
> I have not had checked my mail for some time. Hence, I stumbled upon this
> discussion in the midst of a slew of e-mails.
> The issue is one that has been raging in one form or another among the
> many other topics that concern the debate over the Sudbury Valley School.
> I think that the reason for the all-to-common misinterpretation is very
> simple. The fact is, there are those people who, upon hearing even a tidbit
> about the school, lazily and unfairly label it to be "on the side" of their
> particular issue.
> ...<snip>...
> But be wary of the tendency to assume that Sudbury Valley is analogous
> that school yard lad who is constantly saying "Look at me, I am X!" whilst
> everyone knows he is not.
> To often the mistake is made of totally misusing the word "education." It
> does not necessarily have to apply to anything in the ball park of the Public
> School style of education.
> -Travis W.



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