RE: [Discuss-sudbury-model] On Playing Frogger

From: Heidi Crane <>
Date: Sun Mar 2 17:15:01 2003

ah...trusting their "innate self-learner"

maybe that's my main sticking point. Not the computer games or the TV
watching, but the trusting that they'll come out the other end of this okay.
We've always been really laid back: provided a high quality home library,
visited the public library often, "made" them do math every day, and
otherwise let them play.

Sometimes, take a month off and say "No TV this month!" which we all survive
very nicely. Or "Only one hour of computer a day, this month!" which we do
fine with, too. Otherwise, it's been an easy-going family based rural
lifestyle, where we "do lessons" daily. But let them go all the way to
adulthood like that? Even removing what "lessons" we do have?



>From: "Joe Jackson" <>
>To: <>
>Subject: RE: [Discuss-sudbury-model] On Playing Frogger
>Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2003 12:01:28 -0500
>I absolutely agree that there a plenty of fun and useful things a person
>can do in addition to playing games. However I don't think that's
>really the essential debate that takes place in the heads of most
>prospective Sudbury parents.
>The debate is whether they are willing to lose the rewards of having
>their children decide for *themselves* what is important for them to do,
>in order for them to do make them do some specific thing that may or may
>not be more valuable for them.
>My position, based on experience, is that the rewards of allowing
>children to be responsible for governing their lives far outweighs any
>particular value I put on a given activity AND it's kind of silly,
>because when my children are adults they will likely mimic many of the
>things I modeled for them when they were young anyway.
>So I could sit around weighing the various value of activities all day,
>but the abstract, relative differences in value between random
>activities are not really relevent to the question of whether to repress
>the child's innate self-learner or not.

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