Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Teacher model

From: Helena Chester <>
Date: Wed Sep 3 17:52:00 2003

I respect your opinion and perspective, Bruce. Please don't think of me in
an adversarial role, as that is definitely not what I am on about. I have
chosen to learn more about sudbury model, and I have come to this group as
your being the experts on it, so I am following the Sudbury model of
choosing what I want to learn and who I want to teach me.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bruce Smith" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2003 7:36 AM
Subject: Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Teacher model

> I last taught in the public system in 1996. I finished my teacher training
> in 1991. I'm positive that somewhere in there, I also heard the "guide on
> the side" image touted as a model for us to follow. And nothing changed,
> and as far as I can tell, since I keep up, more or less, on that district,
> nothing substantial has changed. In my experience, such things are
> sickeningly cute, virtually empty, phrases -- worth nothing, save perhaps
> to inspire yet another Sisyphus to feel better about rolling his or her
> boulder; or an eyedropper to squirt a few drops on a raging inferno, if I
> can squeeze two metaphors into one sentence. :-)
> I think what the use of such phrases shows is that in many sectors, a
> clever turn of phrase is the extent of education "reform."
> Bruce
> On Thu, 4 Sep 2003, Helena Chester wrote:
> > Just for comparison, the model of the teacher being promoted in our
> > state education system is "guide on the side", NOT "sage on the stage".
> >
> > I know this still isn't anything close to the Sudbury model, but it
> > shows that the education department is recognising the wisdom of some of
> > your practices and philosophy.
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