[Discuss-sudbury-model] Parents on campus

From: Dr. Evan Hughes <evanhughes_at_juno.com>
Date: Wed Nov 29 12:14:01 2006

     Elizabeth,
      I think your statement talking about the "necessary time commitment" is a huge point
also. If you where in the space, you would not be committed like every other person there,
even if the 'rules' did apply do you. Imagine that the judicial comity (JC) meets once a day
to enforce rules. If you where only there 2 hours per day and the wrong time, the JC would
never get a hold of you. Or, if a sentence where passed down on you to suspend the use of
specific rooms for 3 days, you would be virtually unaffected, you would not care. To a
student, it is a big deal. How about socially. Teenagers have peers, both younger and older
with reputation, actions to account for and a personal identity that is forming and reflecting
within those peer groups. The social aspect is like a living system onto itself with ebbs and
flows; I won't even try to explain little kid politics-which is amazing to watch. This living
system of learning and growing depends upon commitment and time spent, as well as
emotional investment. Parents are outside that system (don't care about punishment, losing
face within the community and if they are frustrated they will just leave instead of working
it out.) In fact, unless you are involved with what's happening 5-8 hours a day, teenagers
slip outside the system. It starts to happen towards graduation naturally sometimes as the
person *leaves.* To have someone who is not invested participating can only be destructive
to the process, because it effects the natural order. From this view point, it does not matter
weather the intent is good or bad, you are still altering the process of children growing
together naturally.
     Ann, I have always liked the idea of specialists coming in to teach exciting skills, which
does not necessarily make them part of the community. I've seen it happen a few times
when I was a student, but it never seemed to have a good flow or last too long, which I
think is too bad. I would like to see some kind of format that allows 'masters' to come in to
the 'village' of students and pass on their knowledge. That would be ideal IMO, but I don't
know if it's possible. One thing I always did with the special skills I wanted to learn was do
classes outside of school (Martial Arts, Japanese, etc.) and use my time at school to practice.
In an ideal school, would these things be on campus? I don't know.

Regards,

Evan

 
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