Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] RE:questions about their future

From: mbi <>
Date: Tue Feb 25 17:21:44 2003

Thanks, Fiona!! Two very interesting posts.

I will read Roland Meighan.

Alison Miyake
Tokuyama, Japan

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From: "Fiona Berry" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2003 11:27 PM
Subject: [Discuss-sudbury-model] RE:questions about their future

> Sorry, no postings for months and then I do two in the course of five
> minutes :-), but....
> On the subject of the curriculum, I don't think you can beat Roland
> Here is the beginning of a story which you can find at:
> excerpt begins:
> *****
> The story of the animals and the birds
> The animals and birds decided to create a school. They devised subjects
> study which were climbing, flying, running, swimming and digging. They
> not agree on which was most important, so they said: "Everyone must do
> everything - in case they need these things in the future".
> The rabbits were expert at running, but some nearly drowned in the
> class. The experience shook their confidence and they could no longer run
> well as before.
> The eagles were terrific at flying, but very poor at digging and were
> assigned to a extra digging classes. This took up more and more time, and
> some forgot how to fly well. And so on with the other animals and birds -
> moles became less confident at digging, otters at swimming.
> The birds and animals no longer had the opportunity to shine in their best
> areas because they were all forced to do things that did not respect the
> natural curriculum.
> The eagles got a bit fed-up with digging. They called a meeting of the
> birds.
> "We need a curriculum suited to us birds," they said. All agreed.
> "Nest building should be a core subject." All agreed.
> The eagles spoke: "The best nests, 'real' or 'proper' nests, are made of
> twigs on high ledges, because they are the nests of us eagles - the 'high
> flyers', as you might say, with our 'high culture'."
> Now eagles are big and powerful and liable to eat smaller birds, so that
> somewhat reluctantly agreed....
> *****
> do go to the webpage and read the rest!
> It speaks to me!
> namaste
> Fee
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