RE: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Extreme examples of traditional schools

From: los <blos_at_chello.nl>
Date: Thu Oct 13 04:02:01 2005

I'd have sent this directly to the writer but couldn't find the email
address. I'm interested in knowing more about the online, project-based
school you are starting. Please contact me directly as it doesn't seem to be
appropriate on the sudbury list.
Thanks
Beverley Los
blos_at_chello.nl
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[mailto:discuss-sudbury-model-admin_at_sudval.org]On Behalf Of Karen Locke
  Sent: woensdag 12 oktober 2005 3:09
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  Subject: Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Extreme examples of traditional
schools

  I think the "extreme models" discussion is interesting. I want to think
about what the purpose is for our communication. If we are trying to
convince others to change what they are doing, I think we need to spell out
what is wrong with what exists, telling the truth about what schools are
doing to our kids (from our perception). I think this can be done without
language about slaves and prisons, but if the analogies work for a while,
why not use them? I think we sometimes need to be shocked into considering
alternatives we haven't thought of.

  However, people can only move so far and so fast from their comfort zone.
I was once at a childbirth presentation, sponsored by a group supporting
pretty radical, alternative birthing methods. Some presenters said that if
a couple was really uncomfortable wtih home births they recommended against
them. They'd found that for some people, some options just weren't
feasible- they were too far from their past experience. So they gave them a
"menu" of options, such as using nurse-midwives in the hospinal, using
herbs instead of pitocin, etc.

  To me there needs to be this same menu available for families and
children. I think Sudbury needs to be there, and sometime in my life I'd
like to help start one here. There are other options needed for people sho
can't quite "go there", often because their background is too limited. For
example, we started a part-time, unschooler program like some have talked
about on this list. We had a family come from a really conservative
background - the father had gone to West Point. Needless to say this
wasn't a very comfortable fit, no matter how gung-ho they were at the start
of our program!

  My daughter chooses to go to the local, suburban public school. She
started out an unschooler, was in our alternative program for 3 years and a
truly free alternative school for 2. But she got to a point where she
wanted something else. She wants to be "normal" - do what everyone else is
doing, be in the mainstream. I'm pretty much a self-determination person,
so that's what she's doing. She likes it (although she pretty much hates
classes). She knows about several options, but they're not for her.

  If I start talking gulags and nazis, it's difficult in my family. It has
calmed me down - she's not dying, she's not being destroyed. I don't like
what she IS doing, but then what parent likes what her 16-year-old is doing
all the time?

  I want to change education. Last year I drove 88 miles per day to teach
at a school I supported. This year I'm helping start an online,
project-based school.

  I want schools to get better - ALL schools. I want to contribute to
society. Sudbury schools contribute, so do progressive schools, so do
unschoolers. I really, honestly don't see that any of these are perfect.
They're just all on the menu.
Received on Thu Oct 13 2005 - 04:01:09 EDT

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