Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Slave analogy for public schools.

From: Madeleine Hesselink <madociel_at_yahoo.com>
Date: Sun Oct 9 09:42:01 2005

Thank you Tay. Beautifully said.

Mado
--- Tay Arrow Sherman <tay_at_anatomyofhope.net> wrote:

>
> All this discussion about this particular analogy
> has given me pause. I
> mean, the way many of us talk about public schools
> as being places
> where kids are enslaved.
>
> Like, the word "holocaust" has been around since at
> least 1526 and
> means "a sacrifice wholly consumed by fire", but
> when you hear it, you
> immediately think of The Holocaust. I think the same
> is true for the
> word "slavery" in the US, I mean, it makes us think
> of racism and the
> Civil War and all this stuff that freaks everyone
> out a lot, makes
> everyone feel unhappy in some direction or another.
> So it's not a great
> analogy, I think. It ends up being very aggressive,
> and the people
> involved in the discourse end up picking at the
> analogy, which subverts
> an ideological argument that should be liberating
> into a semantic one
> that is sort of nerve-wracking and ultimately at
> least 90% pointless.
>
> Also, if you want to tell someone that your child's
> chosen way of
> learning and exploring beats public school (or
> whatever school) to a
> pulp, I think it works better to tell them what is
> good about your
> child's choice than what is bad about what they may
> have chosen for
> their kid.
>
> Non-consensual aspects are present in many schools,
> and ageism is real.
> There is a lot of stupid stuff going on in
> education. I think that the
> dominant methods of "schooling" are crappy enough
> that we can take them
> apart by talking about what they are, without having
> to resort to
> talking about what they are *like*. And I think that
> unschooling,
> homeschooling, and Sudbury-model schools are all
> awesome enough that we
> can talk about how awesome they are and why, without
> having to resort
> to talkin' trash.
>
> -Tay
>
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