RE: [Discuss-sudbury-model] SVS=Elite? AND Urban Students

From: Joe Jackson <>
Date: Wed Dec 4 14:17:01 2002

Hey Victoria.

The origins of this bias is a result of common experiences: it is a
commonly heard and understood theme among Sudbury Model staff that those
with formal education (I think many SudStaff have education degrees) end
up having to "unlearn" most of what they learn in school. Many end up
regretting the time the spent in college.

It's not a "prejudice"; it's more of a "postjudice". Nobody is telling
you what's right for you; just what we have learned about ourselves.
You can take it or leave it; you have to figure out what the right thing
is for you. But I hardly think that people on a list serve relating
their experiences and opinions to the group amounts to "prejudicing"
you, as if someone is actively trying to brainwash you or something.
You're the one who is seeking the opinions of others here, right?


> Hello there everyone,
> I would like to mention that I notice a prejudice against
> formal education in this letter and in many assumptions that
> I have seen in this discussion group. Although you will
> assume that I have a bias because I am a university student,
> I understand both sides of the fence for I did not originally
> pursue a post-secondary education because of my disbelief in
> the authoritarian structure of the university and the elite
> status of degrees. However, just as some of the founders of
> SVS having post-graduate degrees helped their credibility, so
> a degree may help someone else to help children in the way
> they wish. I don't know how anyone can judge what should be
> of value to someone else. Each person finds a concept like
> these self-directed schools at different times in their
> lifespan, and prejudicing yourself against someone who made a
> different life choice is hardly worthwhile. Everyone has a
> different level of tolerance in how much they can do without
> financial compensation, and after years of being in debt and
> scrounging for money to pursue humanitarian goals, either as
> a teacher at an SVS school or a university student, everyone
> can only make a decision about their own self. If it is not
> practically possible to pay someone for their labour
> sometimes, then as long as there is a goal to do so, let the
> people make the choices they wish. I hope the idea mentionned
> in one email is true, that there may be a teacher training
> program that pays. However, as this certainly is not true at
> all SVS school, some people may not be able to make the
> financial sacrifice because of restraints, and this situation
> may prejudice their being able to participate at the level
> they would choose. Imagine three examples: a graduate,
> finally looking forward to some compensation for many years
> of hard work; a teacher at an SVS school, looking forward to
> the compensation for many years of trying to start a school;
> a person interested in teaching at an SVS school who does not
> have the financial ability to volunteer. All are admirable.
> All should ideally be compensated for their work. Victoria
> wrote:
> > Hi Everyone,
> > I am not sure anyone who believes that Graduate school is
> worth going
> > into debt for but being a staff person a an SVS school is not. I
> > believe what I have learned in the three years I have had
> my daughters
> > at Diablo Valley to be my valuble most education so far. I never be
> > grudge one cent of the money I spend for this experience.
> I would not
> > trade it for a Harvard graduate education.
> >
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