RE: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Rightwing SVS's?

From: Alan Klein <>
Date: Sun Apr 4 11:20:00 2004

When my older daughter was about to enter Hampshire College a haven of
ultra-liberalism in Amherst, Massachusetts, in which kids basically
create their own undergraduate program, I asked a professor and some
students if there were any conservatives there. One student said she
considered herself to be a conservative, but that there were not many
there. She did say she felt supported.

I think that it is interesting that the founders of SVS attempted to
portray the school as living out traditional, American political values,
which are usually seen to be associated with "conservatives". They
thought that it would sweep the nation once people realized how clearly
the school embodied truly American values and practices!

~Alan Klein

-----Original Message-----
Tay Arrow Sherman
Has anyone read books which are anti-public school and which you would
consider conservative or right wing? Do you think that the Sudbury model
is a particularly liberal/leftist system? If so, is there a
Sudbury-model option for the politically conservative? Going to SVS, and
being a New Englander, I never met many--any--conservatives or
republicans. Yet at the same time it--the sudbury model--all seems very
"small government"--to be anti-public school (reducing government size
via non-interference with education) and to not have a
structure/curriculum for things to go by. I've heard theres a book
called "Dumbing Down Our Kids" that is a conservative look at how public
schools have failed--does anyone know what the criteria of this position
is? Or how conservatives react to sudbury model schools?

It seems to me that the people most likely to oppose a sudbury model
school are actually moderates, who think that almost everything in this
country, (public schools included), is just dandy. I heard teachers in
the public school I attended before SVS refer to it as a place where
"kids are just hanging out the windows" (I really like that image!) but
my conservative acquaintance at work, who was homeschooled, is kind of
my ally against the system we're working for (we score 8th grade
standardized writing tests, ultragross).
Received on Sun Apr 04 2004 - 11:19:06 EDT

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