RE: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Encouragment.

From: Alan Klein <>
Date: Tue Apr 5 01:01:08 2005

Preaching to the choir on this one, woty!

~Alan Klein

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From: Woty
It's perfectly appropriate for teachers and coaches to push their
students and encourage them to achieve things, but it is highly
inappropriate to treat people as students if they are not freely
consenting to such a relationship. Most teachers consider such consent
irrelevant when they are dealing with children, and they assert a
teaching relationship with any children who happen to be present in
their schools. One needn't object to teaching in order to oppose this
anymore than one must object to romantic relationships in order to
oppose stalking.

The Sudbury model is not defined by opposition to teaching or
enouragement, but to pushing children into playing a student role which
they are not freely consenting to. Consent by children is not regarded
as unnecessary, and staff members are not viewed as having automatic
teaching relationships with the children. Similarly, their job is not
to ensure that all of the children get into student relationships. That
is simply none of their business, and it is not their role to make it
their business. Adopting this model for an institution in which
children spend much of their time in no way entails opposition to
teaching, learning, or encouragement. All one must accept to favor it
is that it is good for children to have a community which does not
direct their activities, and that it is good for children to have
access to helpful adults who are not in a position of power over them.
Received on Tue Apr 05 2005 - 01:00:26 EDT

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