Tue, 13 Mar 2001 08:44:08 EST
Thank you very much for your post.
You write about:
1) that consensus decision making would work.
When I visited the Tutorial School (over 18 years using consensus), I asked
them about the difference, about their thoughts on consensus versus voting.
They listened to me and then basically said: " well, use whatever you like,
what matters is your relationship with the child".
2) And what comes to the therapy issue, I really feel that people don't
know what I'm talking about.
Marko, I get what you are talking about. Yes, there certainly is therapy that
offers only deep respect and profound regard and then trusts the person to
run their lives and direct their activities. It is called client - centered
therapy (see Carl Rogers). Also see Ann Cornell Wieser on the Focusing
3) What I'm trying to accomplish with this is to make sure that everybody
would feel safe enough to show their feelings and not hide themselves.
What I'm probably trying to fight is the irrational cultural "norms"
that appear as peer pressure.
I like the theoretical question (the thought experiment) of having a school
that could situationally mediate all norms. I can't see it in practice yet.
Could you say more about how our cultural norms are irrational?
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