Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] In the Redwoods

From: Karen Locke <>
Date: Sat Aug 28 21:36:00 2004

I'm intrigued with the SVS nursing home idea! Has there ever been one? How
close has anyone come?

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Subject: Fw: [Discuss-sudbury-model] In the Redwoods

> Hi William,
> What I need is co-founders for a Humboldt Sudbury School.
> It is beautiful and isolated here with the ocean, rivers and vast forests.
> I live in Arcata, a small liberal college town of 16 thousand next to more
> blue collar Eureka of 27 thousand. The economy suffers from a depleted
> fishery and lumber industry. There is little knowledge here about SVS
> and I have only been passing out literature so far here and there. So it
> is the beginning of a long and fun effort. I'm sure
> you know there are 5 West Coast Sudbury schools. I am quasi-retired
> from caregiving and likewise frustrations with the public school system.
> I don't have the motivation of a parent whose child will be sent to an
> authoritarian school but I want to live here in this community and believe
> in
> the Sudbury model.
> I am kind of an orthodox adherent of the Sudbury model. I mean, for
> example, no mandatory curriculum, and students and staff voting on staff.
> And one weekly voluntary School Meeting (SM). SVS has a student body
> of over 200 and it is run by one weekly SM. More than one SM a week
> and there are dangers like boredom and adults making speeches. Like
> the US Constitution, I feel the Sudbury model should be changed only
> under demanding circumstances and that from the model come the results.
> It is not perfect but it is time-tested and the best alternative for me
> And regardless of the school outcome, I can also work on a Sudbury
> nursing home in time for me. Substitute patient for student. I believe
> is the next evolution in our democracy.
> In freedom and democracy,
> Dennis
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> Sent: Wednesday, August 25, 2004 6:56 PM
> Subject: RE: [Discuss-sudbury-model] In the Redwoods
> Tell me more. Though I currently live in Arkansas, I loved Humboldt,
> (visited 2 years ago) and would seriously like to move back to the west
> coast. (previously lived in Sonoma County) I am an art teacher in a public
> middle school and the system is very frustrating. Ket me know what you
> need...
> Thanx.
> William Van Horn
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