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

From: Woty <>
Date: Sun Oct 29 21:35:00 2006


If it was the no running and roughhousing rule being transgressed, do
you think it would make a difference whether it was a staff member or
a student who saw it?


On Oct 29, 2006, at 20:22, Scott David Gray wrote:

> 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
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> -- Scott David Gray
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