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

From: <susan_at_jarquin.net>
Date: Wed Dec 4 18:29:01 2002

Victoria,
    As a parent at Diablo Valley School. I am not prejudice against a
person with a formal education. I would just not be in favor of paying
extra for it.
    I am more interested in what my kids think about the staff at their
school than anything else.
Susan Jarquin

----- Original Message -----
From: Victoria Serda <vserda_at_sympatico.ca>
To: <discuss-sudbury-model_at_sudval.org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2002 8:54 AM
Subject: Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] SVS=Elite? AND Urban Students

> 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
>
> Evfocus_at_aol.com 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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