Re: Sheep (Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] tv and thinking)

From: Woty <>
Date: Thu Dec 8 12:34:01 2005

On Dec 8, 2005, at 8:22, Jesse Gallagher wrote:

> My apologies to any who were offended by my naked contempt for the
> current occupants of the White House.

That's not what offended me.

> It honestly never occurred to me that supporters of choice-based,
> non-coercive, participatory democratic schooling would also support
> George W. Bush and his administration.

This is what bothered me. I think it shows a very deep misconception
about the model.

Sudbury schools have students from all over the political spectrum. A
staff member who believed that all Republican students are
brainwashed morons and that if they were *really* free then they'd
come to agree with the staff member is not really capable of acting
respectfully or taking the attitude a staff member needs to take.
It's not acceptable at all for staff members to have educational
agendas for the students, and it is not acceptable for a staff member
to have ongoing personal contempt for students who are upstanding
members of the school community.

Contempt for their views is another matter. It's entirely possible to
regard a student's views as reprehensible without dehumanizing the
student or taking it upon oneself to change the school environment
such that the student comes to agree with one's preferred viewpoint.

Received on Thu Dec 08 2005 - 12:33:24 EST

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