Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] "setting limits"

From: Scott David Gray <>
Date: Sun Oct 29 21:27:00 2006

Well, I can't speak for any of the many, many schools that use the
word "democratic" to describe themselves, but which are clearly *not*
democratic by any reasonable use of the term.

However, in a Sudbury school, an adult who wanted to take action in
response to a behavior which the School Meeting had forbidden by
statute (e.g. "abuse of property") would do the exact same thing as
*any* member of that community would/could. In our case at Sudbury
Valley, one would write a judicial complaint (to be reviewed by our
"Judicial Committee -- akin to a grand jury), and let due process of
law take its course.

On 10/29/06, Wendy Lucas <> wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm curious where democratic education handles what most schools call
> "setting limits". For example, let's say there was a group of children
> jumping on some couches. They aren't in danger of hurting themselves, but of
> course if this behavior continues, they will damage the couches. Let's say
> "no jumping on couches" is not in the school lawbook yet. How would a
> teacher at a democratic school react in the moment of finding these children
> doing this?
> -Wendy

-- Scott David Gray
Received on Sun Oct 29 2006 - 21:26:17 EST

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