Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Learning to think.

From: Helena Chester <>
Date: Wed Sep 3 15:38:07 2003


There is no need for anyone else to duplicate what Sudbury is doing. I think
it is doing something wonderful for students, and parents have that option.
I am all for choice! Of course, we can't duplicate what you are doing, and
why should we, if it is already available. But, we CAN improve things for
those who are limited to public/compulsory education by implementing some of
the strategies that are part of the Sudbury model. No, it won't make it into
a Sudbury school, but it might help some students who wouldn't have had a
very meaningful education to have a better experience. Some parents are
never going to send their children to a private school, and those who don't
have that privilege deserve the best the state can offer. The best any
society can offer is FREEDOM of choice in institutions that affect our
personal lives, whether that be education, religion or politics. Even the
very best system can soon become oppressive or corrupted if it becomes the
only option available. True freedom is only ever true freedom when we have
the option to choose an alternative way. I hope Sudbury models continue to
grow and become a much more available option for everyone who wants to go to
a Sudbury school. But, I also hope State schools will be able to more
effectively cater for those who don't go to a Sudbury school. We both want
the same outcomes for our students.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joe Jackson" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2003 10:04 PM
Subject: RE: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Learning to think.

> > There is a lot I want to learn from the Sudbury model, and I
> > can see ways I can improve things in my classroom by
> > incorporating some of these things (and I have actually
> > already been doing some of them, but not as expertly).
> > However, there is no need or even desirability to totally
> > replicate another system.
> Just for the record, the type of environment the Sudbury model allows to
> emerge cannot even come close to being recreated by adding "elements of
> democracy" and "elements of student choice" into the classroom.
> But again, Helena, you will not likely grow to understand this because
> you can't let go of your belief in a classroom setting where students do
> not have full control of their lives.
> There is not need or desirability on your part to fully give over your
> classroom control to students - fine, but let's be up front here: you
> don't see the need, because you don't understand what I am saying,
> because you have not given it a chance, because you are walking into
> this unwilling to let go of what you have previously learned about
> education.
> Good luck in your endeavors,
> Joe
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