Mike Sadofsky (email@example.com)
Wed, 13 Dec 2000 16:42:03 -0500
John Axtell wrote:
> Dear Alan,
snipped background discussion
> I am trying to get the answers to two questions:
> 1. does anyone have any experience with the Suds model working with groups of
> students of a culture other than WASPs ?
Students at Sudbury model schools group for various
activities according to their interests. Not in accordance
with their color, national origin of their parents or
ancestors, or religion. I am personally aware of several
groups that have existed from time to time that transcend
the grouping you describe. I am unaware of any instance
when any individual in a group was treated as anything other
than an individual.
> 2. does the Suds model really allow freedom of association and allow conflict
> or do the rules imposed by the model require students to associate with anyone
> who wishes to wishes to interact with the student ?
Of course there is no requirement that any individual or
group of individuals must associate with anyone who may wish
to associate with them. But what does that mean? If I am
engaged in private conversation and a third party intrudes
and insists on participating even after being put on notice,
I assume this is a violation on my right to exist peaceably
at school, free of harassment. On the other hand, there are
rules that deal with the way in which school resources may
be allocated for designated activities. These rules may
allow for someone else to enter that room or area for a
purpose and even perhaps to remain in that area.
To draw an analogy, in this forum there are people who
choose to engage in discussion; others refrain from
involvement, but are free to read the postings. If, after
some interval, a new person chooses to reply to a thread,
nothing requires the original parties to answer or even to
acknowledge that new posting. I assume that similar
behavior can occur in a Sudbury model school. Of course,
should such behavior extend to the point where an
individual, or group of individuals, is felt to be treated
unfairly, then the School's rules would apply, and official
investigation and action could ensue.
> Specific answers to these questions would be most helpful.
> John Axtell
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