[Discuss-sudbury-model] a "home schooling group" attempting to implement the Sudbury model?

From: David Rovner <rovners_at_netvision.net.il>
Date: Thu Nov 21 13:45:00 2002

Mike, a "home schooling group" attempting to implement the Sudbury model --
how do you do that?

~ David

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Sadofsky" <sadofsky_at_attbi.com>
To: <discuss-sudbury-model_at_sudval.org>
Sent: Thursday, November 21, 2002 4:07 PM
Subject: Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] donation offer

> Marilu,
> You might want to contact "Ginny" at
> stefan_at_coqui.net
> They describe themselves as a "home schooling group" in Puerto Rico
> attempting to implement the Sudbury model. I have no further
> information.
> Mike Sadofsky
> Sudbury Valley School
> '
> On Thu, 21 Nov 2002 09:40:51 -0800, "Marilu Diaz"
> <madiaz_at_puertorico.fcb.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> >I also studied education and after a frustrating practice got turned off
> >the system. (I made a career in advertising afterwards). I now have a
> >three year old daughter and have been investigating the possibility of
> >schooling, but am not quite convinced by the curriculums. In my search
> >alternative education, I discovered the democratic concept of schooling
> >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
> >(787)309-7306
> >madiaz_at_puertorico.fcb.com
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> >From: discuss-sudbury-model-admin_at_sudval.org
> >[mailto:discuss-sudbury-model-admin_at_sudval.org]On Behalf Of Linda Siska
> >Sent: Thursday, November 21, 2002 1:06 AM
> >To: discuss-sudbury-model_at_sudval.org
> >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 --
> >by teachers, and not by my peers. I studied hard and did extremely well;
> >grades were my self-esteem. But I was enough of a rebel to resent a
> >which gave me so few choices. My time, my life, were not my own and I
> >it.
> >
> > I knew there had to be a better way. I resolved to someday open a
> >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
> >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,
> >moved to Germany with my husband. Through all of the changes, my desire
> >a 'someday school' never abated. I studied Montessori, Waldorf and
> >alternative schools looking for the right model. When I answered an ad
> >_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,
> >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
> >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,
> >we will at last be returning to the states. For my dream of a school, it
> >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
> >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
> >June. And it was in Framingham that I met some of the most incredible
> >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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