Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] What about TV and Computer Games?

From: Scott David Gray <sgray_at_sudval.org>
Date: Sat Mar 1 12:10:01 2003

On Sat, 1 Mar 2003, Heidi Crane wrote:

> Does Sudbury or others like it, have TV on campus? Computer games?

The Sudbury Valley School has a TV (with cable, and a VCR),
and computer games, T1 Internet access, a stereo, and walls
of books. In short, as much access to media of any shape or
form as any person might wish. Each of these media is
frequently enjoyed in a social context by groups of people
who debate and consider the media together (yes, even books
and the Internet -- it's not at all unusal for students to
go to look something up together). For many people,
friendships formed around and involving one or another of
these media is at the center of their day at the school.

As to whether or not allowing videos, games, and books on
campus is harmful or valuable or neutral, that has been
debated at great length in this forum and other forums.
Generally, the amount of social acceptance of each of these
media given by people outside of Sudbury schools is directly
proportional to the age of the media itself (with one
notable exception -- for some reason people seem to treat
books as a medium with more intrinsic value than
conversation).

Here are a few links to my own public musings about the
question, which in turn will give you access to the entire
threads in which the question was debated:

http://www.sudval.org/users/sdg/archives/dsm6/0163.html

http://www.sudval.org/users/sdg/archives/dsm7/0279.html

http://www.sudval.org/users/sdg/archives/dsm7/0285.html

> thanks in advance.
>
> Heidi

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