Re: DSM: Encouragement

Mike Sadofsky (
Sun, 17 Dec 2000 10:10:11 -0500

i find this a curious and interesting perception. I need to
think about it and determine whether I agree with it before
commenting further.
I wonder whether you can cite the specific posts that carry
the responses you indicate. I'd like to review them in the
contest of this observation.
This forum of course does not represent itself as any formal
SVS or SVM position, but rather an open forum for
individuals to share personal views. The encouragement you
seek may require a better understanding of you, your
motivation, and your understanding of the model, then can be
easily realized from a few public forum postings. I know my
personal discussions have included encouragement, but only
in the context of the difficult realities of efforts to
create an institution outside of societal norms.
Institutional positions can only be found on the schools'
web sites and (perhaps) in emails emanating from school
correspondence, not in this forum.

> CindyK wrote:
> I have noticed that there is very little encouragement
> involved with the sudbury model. Whenever I have
> mentioned that I would like to start a school I have been
> told: it's very difficult, you're better off moving
> closer to one, not many people make it, etc... Now, I
> understand that it is all true and I know that it weeds
> the garden. If, once people find out how hard it is, and
> they still continue they will be more likely to succeed.
> But is there no room for encouragement? I don't only mean
> with me. I mean in the school. I know that the adults
> are to give the students room to discover on their own.
> But is it a conscious effort not to encourage too much?
> Is that part of the model? I believe in encouragement.
> Once my kids show an interest in something, I try to
> encourage them to follow that interest as long as it
> remains an interest. I tell them they can do anything
> that they are interested in. I think that if I instead
> pointed out all the difficulties, they may not even embark
> on the journey. My kids are still young yet and maybe I
> am wrong.
> This is just what I have noticed here and I would like to
> know if it applies to the model. Where does encouragement
> fit into the Sudbury Model?
> Thank you,
> CindyK

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