Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] socioeconomic status of staff

From: Elizabeth Marrin <>
Date: Wed Oct 29 23:20:00 2003

Ah, Liz, you said it better than I ever could...

Please post answers to the board. I'm so very interested in
this, myself.


--- Liz Godwin <> wrote:
> All these thoughts in response to the original question about
> young people
> becoming staff have been quite interesting to read. I find
> myself seeing
> both perspectives and understand that the process to become a
> staff member
> is, quite rightly, lengthy and non-trivial. It is and should
> be about what
> is best for the students. However, I feel that no one has
> really addressed
> the elephant in the room, and that is the concern that's been
> raised about
> the ability of people who are not financially well-off to take
> the path
> necessary to become a part of the Sudbury community. I am
> curious as to
> whether anyone on the list is willing to give a synopsis of
> the typical
> hiree's socioeconomic status. It strikes me that all the
> hours that one
> must put in to get to know the school and for the school to
> get to know the
> candidate, _while completely appropriate_, would weed out
> those who do not
> have the ability to quit their job or take an extended leave
> of absence, in
> the hope of obtaining another, most likely less lucrative job.
> This is not
> necessarily bad, but I haven't (in my relatively short time on
> the list)
> seen anyone truly address this particular angle. So, I am
> curious as to
> whether most staff members are part of a household in which
> someone else is
> providing the bulk of the financial support, or if they are
> privileged
> enough to have been born into money, or whether many have just
> sacrificed
> all but food and shelter for work they love. I could see
> myself having the
> time to do what it took to be a candidate for staff; however,
> it would
> require quitting my job and living off savings or the good
> graces of my
> parents, most likely moving in with them, and giving up just
> about every
> activity or hobby that I love so I could work nights to at
> least pay for my
> room and board. Yes, it's doable. Yes, someone who "wants it
> badly
> enough" could do it. And I have no problem with the fact that
> I don't want
> it that badly. Indeed, I think that if I wanted something
> that badly, it
> would be too much about me and not enough about the students!
> But really,
> I'd love to know what the typical financial situation is for a
> candidate,
> because I too am having trouble seeing how anyone but the
> affluent or the
> ascetic could go through the necessary getting-to-know-you
> phase.
> Please note that I am not taking issue with the process. I am
> only curious
> as to what type of person is able to do it. Thanks very much
> for any info
> anyone is willing to provide.
> Liz
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