Re: Gender Equality

Joe Jackson (shoeless@erols.com)
Mon, 20 Oct 1997 19:11:27 -0400

> << What exactly do you mean by "actions"? I feel sure that you've
researched
> the Sudbury model and realize that it is improper for a staff member in
the
> model to "encourage" anything >>
>
> I don't agree with this statement, put as baldly as you have, Joe. It is
my
> responsibility as a staff member to encourage what feels right to me to
> encourage as a responsible member of the micro-community. This looks and
is
> very different than coercion, but if I truly have strong relationships
with
> the students (as well as with the staff and parents), then one of the
things
> I am doing a lot of is encouraging what I see as being appropriate to
> encourage!
>
> I fear that we run the risk of looking like mindless do nothings when we
> posit our role in such terms.

Alan-

You're right - my statement is much too broad. I was in a hurry and I
didn't
really translate my thoughts to the screen. However, no offense, but I
think
your first paragraph easily exceeds my post in terms of broadness and
ambiguity.
I think you think the same thing I do - let's clarify ourselves!

I feel that it is not appropriate for a SVS-model staff to walk into the
school
intending to counteract the effects of a real or perceived societal evil by
doing
anything besides representing their views honestly, respectfully, and as an
equal.

By the way, I'm not bald (yet)!

Cheers

-Joe Jackson
shoelss@erols.com