RE: DSM: Interest increasing?

Scott Gray (
Fri, 5 Jan 2001 13:59:37 -0500 (EST)

On Fri, 5 Jan 2001, Connie Shaw wrote:

> Does anyone know why the schools that Joe mentions that apparently *are*
> Sudbury schools by his definition (New School and Tutorial School), choose
> not to use the label?

A couple reasons sprint to mind:

1: Not every person agrees with Joe's definition of a Sudbury Model
school. Any institution that is considering calling itself a "Sudbury
Model school" will have to reach its own judgements about what the term
means, and what it thinks others who read its literature will thank that

2: The New School and the Tutorial School have other histories associated
wih thier name and thier practices. The Tutorial School was essentially
developed and named by people who had no knowledge of what Sudbury Valley
was. The New School is very concerned with its own identity (ask persons
at the New School for more insight on this), and feels that having too
close an association with the Sudbury model schools might jeopardize that

To answer your broader question, about the advantages of the name... A
small school (oft with less than 20 students and operating in a rented
site) has a great deal of trouble inspiring confidence in potential
parents (would-be enrollees) that the ideas and principles on which it is
founded are sound. By identifying themselves as one of many schools that
have operated under that label, when that label has a 32 year history many
publications and hundreds of succesful alumni, it makes it easier for them
to be seen as a legitimate school.
--Scott David Gray
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Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least
half of the sins of mankind are caused by fear of it.

-- Lord Bertrand Russell

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