RE: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Reading (was:Re: Lack of interest?)

From: Joe Jackson <>
Date: Tue Mar 16 21:40:00 2004

Let's not waste time on a straw man argument here. Nobody I know can
remember a long-term student at a Sudbury School ever graduating not
knowing how to read.

Maybe we can come up with another subject that can be more reasonably
argued to be lacking in Sudbury grads, 'cause reading sure ain't it.

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of
> Liz Godwin
> Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2004 1:23 PM
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> Subject: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Reading (was:Re: Lack of interest?)
> Ardeshir wrote:
> >Yes, this happens. But reading is not altogether necessary to have a
> >good life, even a VERY good life. Do stunt drivers read? Do
> >snowboarders read? Do skydivers read? If so, it must be very
> little, or
> >so it would seem. But who can doubt that they enjoy
> themselves hugely,
> >probably much more than lawyers and librarians?
> As a skydiver, I'm going to have to respectfully take issue with the
> applicability of this analogy. I would argue that in our
> society, reading
> is _most likely_ going to be necessary to have the life one wants to
> live. It is an extremely small percentage of us who are full-time
> skydiving professionals. Those people do indeed read such things as
> technical notices about gear, training syllabi from the U.S.
> Parachute
> Association, etc. The rest of us make the money necessary to
> support our
> skydiving, I mean hobby, by performing jobs that
> require us to
> be able to read. Through skydiving, I've encountered a wide range of
> professionals including private investigators, investment bankers,
> teachers, computer programmers, etc. All these people have
> to be well-read
> to succeed in their fields. I've also found many jumpers to
> be viibrant
> people who like learning and therefore would be readers even if being
> well-read were not necessary for their continued professional success.
> And yes, we enjoy ourselves HUGELY! :D
> Of course, as a skier, I can assure you that snowboarders
> probably don't
> know how to read. ;)
> Liz
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