Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Encouragment.

From: Ryan Singer <>
Date: Sun Apr 3 16:23:01 2005

I'm not quite sure what you are asking, Todd. What would you encourage a
child to learn that they wouldn't choose to learn?

On Apr 3, 2005 1:06 PM, Todd Pratum <> wrote:
> After 20+ years of studying educational theory, Holt, Steiner, Neill,
> Montessori, Dewey et al, I am about to start a small school in Berkeley
> California, housed inside my 12,000 library. I have read many Sudbury books
> and I am deeply grateful for what I have learned about democratic education
> from them, and education in general. I have bought many copies of Sudbury
> books that I have given away to people and I continue to do this to this day
> (I particularly like giving away copies of *Education in America *by
> Daniel Greenberg, those short little essays are so cogent and clear!). I've
> always known from the beginning that you must trust the child's and their
> particular learning process, no matter how different or even
> counterproductive it may seem, and when I first learned of the Sudbury model
> (about 15 years ago) I was thrilled to find compatriots in arms!
> Recently however I have learned from a person who knows Daniel Greenberg
> and the other core faculty in Massachusetts, and has observed them in action
> many times, something that I don't really understand. According to this
> person, at Sudbury you are not allowed to encourage a child to do anything,
> ever, (safety and health excepted). For example, as I understand it, you are
> not allowed to encourage a child to study one thing over another, or do one
> thing over another, but always let the child decide without any influence
> from the staff whatsoever, even if you think you may have some inside
> knowledge about the child and that that inside knowledge of yours could help
> the child. I realize that the idea that adults know better than children has
> been at the root of so much pedagogical abuse, but I did not know, if true,
> that there is no encouragement allowed at all. Is this true? If so, then I
> would like to know if this idea has been explained in writing anywhere? I
> would like to hear from seasoned Sudbury people especially. Thank you very
> much.
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Ryan Singer
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