Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] donation offer

From: Mike Sadofsky <>
Date: Thu Nov 21 09:08:00 2002


You might want to contact "Ginny" at

They describe themselves as a "home schooling group" in Puerto Rico
attempting to implement the Sudbury model. I have no further

Mike Sadofsky
Sudbury Valley School

On Thu, 21 Nov 2002 09:40:51 -0800, "Marilu Diaz"
<> wrote:

>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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