Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Encouragment.

From: Todd Pratum <>
Date: Tue Apr 5 00:05:00 2005
Thank you Jennifer for this further clarification, I think I finally have a good idea of Sudbury's perspective on this subject.  Thank you all. I don't agree with this but I will be thinking about it a lot.  It seems extremist to me, and ultra-dogmatic, an over-reaction to our modern destructive educational system, but I realize it is born out of a sincere desire to spare kids the judgmental crimes of our ageist society.  And I continue to believe that Sudbury is a powerful force for good in the world.  I'm re-reading all the pedagogical philosophers again from Socrates on down, they all can't be wrong!    Todd Pratum.

Jennifer Blair wrote:
Thank you, this makes complete sense. My understanding had been that staff should not engage in activities unless initiated by a student and similarly should not engage in personal activities, such as bringing a knitting project to school or deciding to start a garden because of the potential influence on kids choices.
----- Original Message -----
From: Alan Klein
Sent: Sunday, April 03, 2005 5:46 PM
Subject: RE: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Encouragment.

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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