RE: [Discuss-sudbury-model] donation offer

From: Marilu Diaz <>
Date: Thu Nov 21 08:44:00 2002

I also studied education and after a frustrating practice got turned off by
the system. (I made a career in advertising afterwards). I now have a
three year old daughter and have been investigating the possibility of home
schooling, but am not quite convinced by the curriculums. In my search for
alternative education, I discovered the democratic concept of schooling and
felt in my heart that was the most natural way of children learning and
developing. I would definitely consider opening this type of school in
Puerto Rico, and would be thrilled to have some starting point...
Marilu Diaz
256 Rosario #705
San Juan, PR 00912

  -----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Linda Siska
Sent: Thursday, November 21, 2002 1:06 AM
Subject: [Discuss-sudbury-model] donation offer

  When I was in high school, back in the sixties, I was one of the shy,
quiet types who sat in the back of the class and was rarely noticed -- not
by teachers, and not by my peers. I studied hard and did extremely well; my
grades were my self-esteem. But I was enough of a rebel to resent a system
which gave me so few choices. My time, my life, were not my own and I hated

  I knew there had to be a better way. I resolved to someday open a school
of my own -- a school where children would want to be -- a school that
empowered instead of imprisoned. I went off to college and majored in
education, reading _Summerhill_ and John Holt on the side. The plan was to
teach a few years in public school -- just to gain experience -- and then
strike out on my own.

  Life has a way of altering our plans. I married young, had children, and
moved to Germany with my husband. Through all of the changes, my desire for
a 'someday school' never abated. I studied Montessori, Waldorf and
alternative schools looking for the right model. When I answered an ad in
_New Age Magazine_ for a school called Sudbury Valley, I knew I had found
what I'd been looking for. The problem was, I was still in Germany, living
in a military community and never knowing from one year to the next if we
would stay or 'go home.'

  Eventually, I took my teenage son, a high-school drop-out, and moved
temporarily to Framingham. Sean was still a minor, so I lived with him for
the first of his two years at SVS before returning to my life in Germany.

  I am now 53 years old. My husband will be retiring in another year, and
we will at last be returning to the states. For my dream of a school, it is
too late. I no longer have the energy or determination it takes to get a
Sudbury model school up and running, nor do I have the desire it takes to
keep one going.

  Surprisingly, I have no regrets. Looking back on my life, I believe my
dream was not really about founding a school but about finding SVS. It was
at SVS that my son regained a sense of dignity and self-worth, and it was
there that he met the beautiful young woman whom he will marry this coming
June. And it was in Framingham that I met some of the most incredible women
it has ever been my privilege to know. Life is good, and I am blessed!

  What I do have is a full set of 'start your own school' materials from
SVS. If there is someone out there who could use the books, tapes and
videos, please let me know. I will gladly donate them to your cause and
know that my goal is being fulfilled, though not by myself.

  Yours in common spirit -- Linda


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