Re: Home Schooling

Scott David Gray (sdavid@tiac.net)
Thu, 23 Oct 1997 09:35:12 -0400 (EDT)

Hi Alex,

> Yes, I know that lots of kids are satisfied with SVS. Can there really
> be a one true way to educate ones children? I hope that for every child
> there is a system that will work and I wish him well in finding it. There
> may well be problems with homeschooling, but please don't completely
> disregard it in the way that more traditional educators once disregarded
> you. For some people it does work.

Obviously, there are many ways in which people can learn and grow.
The fundamental question is, _who_ has the right/authority to decide
_which_ means a person will use to learn and grow? I find that most (but
not all) homeschooling is intended to allow a parent-driven curriculum
rather than a teacher-driven curriculum. Even in cases of homeschooling
in which the parents are _opposed_ to having a curriculum, _most_
superintendants of education (or others overseeing homeschoolers) insist
that the parents show _some_ kind of lesson plan, and that the students
pass _some_ kind of tests. It is a very rare homeschooling situation in
which it is _possible_ to leave learning entirely in the hands of the
child.
Sudbury Valley, on the other hand, sets up an environment where there
is _no_ curriculum. Kids (and adults) may decide for themselves what
interests to pursue and how.

As a secondary point, I think many kids find it very valuable to have
a place, with friends, where their parents aren't. They find it valuable
to be able to forge their _own_ relationship with the world, as distinct
from their _family's_ relationship with the world. Sudbury Valley can be
such a place.

In short, I agree with your point that there are many ways by which a
person can learn. However, I disagree with the notion that _any_ person
but the student should have control over the student's learning situation.
I have never seen a homeschooling situation in which the parents were able
to give the complete independence that is avilable in Sudbury Valley.

> - Alex Weiss, former student

--Scott David Gray, former student
reply to: sdavid@tiac.net
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