Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] New to Sudbury-Cottage Grove, OR

From: Mike Sadofsky <>
Date: Thu May 29 14:03:01 2003

As Martin Wilke quotes below from the TCS web site, their spokespeople
are NOT in accord with Sudbury Valley School philosophy or apparently
with Summerhill either.

My personal forum and email exchanges with TCS spokespeople (ie David
Deutsch) were brought to a halt by me when I recognized their total
non-acceptance of SVS's use of school rules with the attendant
judicial system to deal with rule infractions. TCS apparently sees
the existence of "rules" (or as I sometimes prefer to view them -
standards of acceptable social behavior) at SVS as "coercive" and thus
NOT in accord with their philosophy.

Mike Sadofsky

On Thu, 29 May 2003 19:21:24 +0200, Martin Wilke
<> wrote:

>> So far, I agree with most of what I have read from the site.
>> And so far, it seems to be harmonious with
>> Sudbury philosophy. I can't say for sure, since I
>> am fairly new to both, but they 'seem' harmonious to me.
>On they offer speakers on several
>topics, including this one:
>"Non-Coercive Schools?
>Why John Holt was right that schools are not and cannot be non-coercive,
>unless each child has a genuine choice about whether or not to attend.
>Why 'free schools' like Summerhill and the Sudbury Valley School are not
>non-coercive. If you hope that it might be possible to set up a
>non-coercive school, you cannot afford to miss this. You may, after
>hearing what Sarah Fitz-Claridge has to say, choose to go ahead anyway,
>but at least you will be under no illusions about what you are doing!"
>Martin Wilke
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