RE: [Discuss-sudbury-model]Re: "ADD/ADHD" kids

From: Joe Jackson <>
Date: Sun Sep 1 21:15:00 2002

> Second, the only thing I have disagreed with is that Sudbury does not
always take children
> with learning disabilities,
Sometimes the school and/or the family do not enroll in cases where it
seems that the child cannot take responsibility for themselves. In some
cases, this may be a child that would be determined to have learning
So I suppose, in a manner of speaking, that it is true to say that
Sudbury does not always accept disabled children, just like they do not
always admit white children and female children and stubborn children
and redheaded children and so forth.
I am left wondering: is it really your intent to criticize the school
for not admitting *all* children, *only* if they are "special"? Because
in my mind, it is obvious that if a student cannot be responsible for
themselves, for whatever reason, they need to be in an environment where
someone can take responsibility for them.
Aside from the fact that the entire model is predicated on catering to
students (of all categories and races and religions) who are *able* to
take responsibility for themselves, in our experience, it is clear to
the family when they come through the school that a Sudbury school is
definitely not a place with the resources and training and equipment
(and money!!) to give constant supervision and assistance to individuals
who cannot survive without it.
> which is in conflict with what Daniel says in the book, that there
> are no learning disabilities. Where posts on here have stated
I don't remember that part of the book off the top of my head - I'm not
saying he did not state that :) .
But I think it is important to point out that we are speaking of
"learning disability" as some sort of defined, understood term. It is
none of that. There is simply not a standing definition of the term
"learning disability" that cannot be (and is not currently being)
applied to pretty much everyone on the planet. We all know this.
So the reason I point this out is to ensure that we all understand that
"learning disability" is a coverall that is used to describe anyone from
slow readers/ADDers/dyslexics, all the way to people with strong
obsessive-compulsive symptoms, schizophrenic symptoms, Downs Syndrome,
etc. Are there folks at the acute end of this "scale" that would tend
to find a Sudbury School not being the best fit? I'm certain of it.
But is "learning disabled" a label with which it can be categorically
stated that Sudbury schools tend not to admit? Absolutely not, in fact
I would argue the opposite.
As the Sudbury environment is nominally an environment that forms around
the personalities and cultures formed by the students (as opposed to the
artificial school environments), we find that kids who have been (or, in
all likelihood, would be) categorized elsewhere as learning disabled
FLOCK to our schools. Ask anyone who works in one. We've had
Tourrette's, mild OCD, people who hear voices, folks coming to our
school. And that's just the staff! (just kidding) The only one who
didn't enroll was the Tourrette's and that's because the mom decided to
enroll her son elsewhere.
And people that would likely be labelled as such in an environment where
ADD/ADHD/ODD is apparent? You must be kidding. I think I just posted
about that, and I honestly cannot say that I don't believe that two
thirds of the boys in our school would be labelled ADD. Seriously.
So (in an attempt to wrap my arms around all of this) I think everything
I am saying here is that I think it is possible to simultaneously say
that there is nothing such as "learning disabled" as a category, and
that every child (without regard to what label would be applied to him
or her) should not be enrolled in the school. Heck, I can't even say
that Sudbury schools do what I say they do, which is not enroll kids
that cannot take responsibility for themselves. Believe me, if the
family and the student wants to try, our enrollment people are really
hard-pressed to turn away people that look like they have the potential
to live on their own terms.
-Joe Jackson

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Shelli Buhr
Sent: Sunday, September 01, 2002 11:10 PM
Subject: Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model]Re: "ADD/ADHD" kids

        One book that I found to present a refreshing viewpoint
regarding these
kids is _The Indigo Children_

I have been working with the Indigo Generation for the past several
years. I agree that this is a good book to read towards understanding
the children of today called the Indigo's or what is better known as the
ADD/ADHD children. I have several friends who are authors who
participated in the writing of this book and the conference just held
last August.

My work as an Energy Intuitive is what started my work with the children
and has propelled me into wanting to create an alternative education
methods. When I cam across sudbury by www.Abraham-hicks who offers
Daniel's book, Free at Last, that was how I came here. What Sudbury
offers is almost identical to the model I had envisioned for my own
school program, with only a couple of exceptions.

First, I envisioned the school to be holistic in nature; however after
reading the book, I realized that I was also projecting my own beliefs
onto the children and had now shifted gears in my thinking.

Second, the only thing I have disagreed with is that Sudbury does not
always take children with learning disabilities, which is in conflict
with what Daniel says in the book, that there are no learning
disabilities. Where posts on here have stated otherwise.

Care and Treatment of Indigo Children_, is also a good read).

This is not by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober, but by Doreen Virtue. good
read yes, but I personally would not recommend Doreen's methods of diet
and nutrition. I do not feel the dietary model she gave in here is not
what I would call supportive to the children who are ADD/ADHD. I feel it
more support Doreen's own personal preference of breathatarianism, not
the children's ADD/ADHD requirements.

I can offer you the email of Karen Eck, who is also
one of the authors contributing to Indigo Children, who would also not
agree with this information. Karen's special talent is specifically
geared towards Indigo's, ADD children and nutrition, and the list owner
of indigo-children, hosted by yahoogroups. She sells a product called
Sea Silver, which is much more affective in alternative methods of
treatment, also a company in Canada called True Hope (
has had great results in treating many various mental illnesses.

Also Dr. Bate does neuro-biofeedback that can cure ADD/ADHD in 40
sessions, Autism in 60, as well as other neurological dysfunction's by
stimulating the brain to relax. The beauty in this is that ADD/ADHD
children do not have an "attention deficit" rather, the
neurotransmitters in the brain are so stimulated that they are literally
taking in everything within their scope of range and cannot focus on
just one thing.

Rather than medicating these children, which also slows down this
physiological process, there Rae many methods of treatment that are just
as successful, especially if used in conjunction with each other. Dr
Bate is located in Florida, and can rent or sell machines and train on
how to use them. I know a few others who do neuro-biofeedback on the
west coast if anyone wants further info.

So in teaching through the Sudbury way, there are incredible benefits
also in channeling the creative energy of the child in ways that are not
rigid like the curriculam-based philosophies used today.

I have been one of the main media drivers behind the Indigo work, which
is what brought me here to Sudbury in my search to build schools. I had
a newsletter called the Rainbow Bridge which focused mainly on the
Indigo generation. One Light Foundation was built for children; we will
be sponsoring a second booth to be hosted by Doreen Graham of Indigo
Village here in Atlanta at the conference.

For more information about the Indigo Children you can see and contact
Wendy Chapman of,

Nancy Baumgarten who has summer camps for kids at

Spirit of Ma'at magazine (Drunvalo Melchizedek, Flower of Life) has a
free issue dedicated to the Indigo's

Indigo Village,

For herbal Remedies at: See ADHD page

Here's some notes from the NIH conference specifically on ADD children.

I am sorry if this is offensive in any way and Liz please do not take
this personally about Doreen's book, but I feel that if I didnt offer
this knowledge, that I would not be serving the children; I hold my
responsibility in the highest regard.

Many of the people on this list are not familiar with the Indigo
knowledge; I have not been one to express my spiritual views, but
thought I would offer this information for anyone interested in finding
out more.

Please feel free to email for more information.

Many Blessings,
Shelli Buhr
Received on Sun Sep 01 2002 - 21:14:56 EDT

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