RE: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Encouragment.

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Date: Thu Apr 7 16:39:00 2005


Thank you, Merci, Dank u, Danke, Grazie, Gracias, ??? ????????????

(Just trying to touch all the bases.)

Prayers and Blessings,
Psalm 46:10  
Be still, and know...          

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Dear Jennifer,

Somewhere I heard the story that one scholar wanted to know what language a
child would develop when left completely alone and without anyone speaking
to him/her. They found out that the child did not learn to speak any
language at all (and as a side-effect turned idiot).
How are we supposed to think anyone will develop anything when nothing is
done anywhere? When doing anything seems a sin against a rule of "thou
shallt not encourage".
I think doing things and proposing things (actions, developments) to a child
is vital for society and is absolutely normal. And at the same time is the
opposite of imposing yourself on anyone else. (sorry for the language, this
is not my native tongue).
When are we ready to aknowledge that it is only we ourselves who are
struggeling with freedom?

(Holland Deventer)
  -----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
[]Namens Jennifer Blair
  Verzonden: dinsdag 5 april 2005 3:47
  Onderwerp: Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Encouragment.

  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
Received on Thu Apr 07 2005 - 16:38:55 EDT

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