Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Encouragment.

From: Todd Pratum <>
Date: Mon Apr 4 18:00:00 2005
This reply from David sounds interesting but I don't understand it (caffeine levels too low probably), ca you re-phrase?  Are you being facetious, or are these real questions?  If they are real questions then I too would like to know the answer, i.e. what happens at SVS when staff do provide encouragement to a child?  I've already heard from one SVS staff member that they would be officially rebuked in some way, that is it not tolerable (from Scott) under any circumstances.   Todd Pratum.

David Rovner wrote:
And, if somebody do tell other people what to do,
does he/she get a fine ?
he/she doesnt't get elected next term ?
the parlament scolds him/her ?
he/she feels he/she failed ?
etc., etc., etc.
What happens ?
If something happens, at all.
~ David
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Sent: Monday, April 04, 2005 3:39 AM
Subject: Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Encouragment.

This is Hanna from Sudbury Valley,
At Sudbury Valley no one tells other people what to do.  Staff doesn't tell students nor other staff how to interact with others.  We have no dogma.  We do have a philosophy of education which we all follow in our own personal style.  My own way of knowing how to talk to children is that if I can say certain things to an adult friend then I can say the same to a child without fearing that I am being authoritative.  For me it is a clear litmus test.  I usually don't tell my adult friends to go on diets, read more about politics before going to the voting booth, make detailed plans for their summer reading, write a diary and so forth.  I will at times tell them about a good movie or book or exhibit in the museum that I think they will enjoy.  It is always clear that they can take it or leave it without changing our relationship.  It works for me as staff at SVS where I have hundreds of interesting conversations with students and I don't think that I encourage then any more than I do my best friends.  I converse and interact with them in a genuine way but I do not attempt to push them in any specific direction.  It is their life and not mine and it is their decision how to live it not mine.

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