Joseph Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mon, 11 Dec 2000 10:22:52 -0800
In reply to the interesting and helpful comments regarding science, cultural
differences and 'proper' modeling: I go back to the humility point - we
should, I think, focus on providing kids with a good place to learn what
they want without our interference, and a good place to learn how to freely
get along with other people, recognizing that these 2 processes are NOT
going to be perfect or optimal in the real world.
It's a matter of perspective - if we go in wanting our children to have
freedom and respect and chance to grow up on their own terms, we stand a
better chance of being of some help to them ('succeeding'). If we go in
thinking our kids are some microcosm of *the* solution to all the world's
woes, I think we're doomed to hinder the very real and personal growth our
kids are undergoing (we 'fail').
So, while I love listening to and talking about global human problems and
proposed steps to universal enlightenment, it would be better in practice, I
think, to concentrate on tackling the task at hand - doing what we can, as
parents and adults, to help kids have a decent shot at growing up healthy
and whole. That's what Sudbury is all about to me.
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