Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Encouragment.

From: Todd Pratum <>
Date: Sun Apr 3 18:11:01 2005
Alan, thank you very much.  I have printed your messages and will be reading and rereading them tonight, and looking for other replies.  I think this is a very subtle and yet crucial subject that few seem to have studied very carefully.  Your replies seem to me born of a lot of experience, exactly what I wanted in my posting, (I teach but only in non-democratic schools and have only limited experience with letting kids do precisely what they want).  Todd.

Alan Klein wrote:

For me, the same considerations apply as in the “encouragement” question. I want staff members who are fully active human beings. So, it is entirely possible that I will say to a kid (or anyone else), “I am going to be working in the darkroom at X time. Anyone who wants to join me is welcome to do so.”


A big question to ask oneself is, “Am I offering this activity because I think it will be good for them or because I enjoy doing it?” If the answer is the former, nix the activity!


~Alan Klein


-----Original Message-----
While we are on this topic, I have heard that staff in Sudbury model schools are not suppose to offer activities to kids, rather wait for kids to ask for specific activities and then help if asked for assistance. I would like some clarification on this as well.

Thanks a bunch,

Jennifer Blair

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