Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] variations on the model in practice

From: Jennifer Blair <>
Date: Tue Apr 5 19:21:01 2005

  There is also literature in support of video games. The one source I know of is: What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy by James Paul Gee<>. I would suggest checking it out before making a final decision.

  When I was at Red Cedar they did not (and still do not) allow video games or "educational" computer games for students above 3rd grade. I believe they made a rule against it when it was a Sudbury model, but Iwasn't there then so I cannot speak to that. My class loved video games, so I gave them the opportunity to make their own. (yes, I gave them the opportunity... this was not a sudbury model school...essentially I ensured they had time in their school day to work on them).

  Jennifer Blair

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  From: Lisa Crocker<>
  Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2005 6:14 PM
  Subject: [Discuss-sudbury-model] variations on the model in practice


  Hello all,

  I am wondering if anyone on this list is currently involved in or working on starting a sudbury model school that has variations from sudbury. Some talk about the "encouragement" idea has been had. Is anyone doing anything else different from sudbury, and why, and how is it working?

  I am at the beginning phases of starting a democratic school, that will start as a homeschool group meeting three days week. Ultimately, we will aim to be a recognized independent school in the state of vermont - hopefully by the following year. I have 3 other teachers (I am an early childhood teacher) who are also parents of children who would attend now or eventually when they get older - this is the beginnings of my founding team. We are getting to the place where we will need to have our "let's get our foundation philosophy straight" meeting - so we are all on the same page. I am wondering about possible areas of disagreement here - and I know this is not along the pure Sudbury model, but I do not want to have television or videogames at the school, at least at the beginning. Of course, there will not be money budgeted for this at first, and the children are going to be young - 5 - 9 years old to start. Now we KNOW from current research that telelvision viewing and computer game playing is bad for the brain, and has even been found to contribute to "attention disorders" in children and adults. Is anyone else doing a free school with limitations in this regard?

  I know I am opening myself up here for a lot of critique - it is okay, I am looking to hear if others are doing free schools with some foundational limitations like this one.

  Lisa in Vermont

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