Re: DSM: about Sudbury model

Joseph Roach (
Wed, 28 Mar 2001 05:02:58 -0800 (PST)

Hi Bill!

Your post is very apropos to concerns I have about the
role of staff.

Staff is responsible for the "big picture" and all
that includes. The "big picture" includes all the
kinds of stuff you include in item #2, but staff
members also have to be mindful of each student's
history and needs, as well as the way that students
interact. We encourage students to be mindful of
these issues as well, but we have to give students the
room and time to develop their own interests and

For staff members, the interests of the students (aka
"the school") are primary, and their own pursuits are
secondary. For students, the situation is reversed.

Thanks for the question, Bill, it bears more thinking

Best regards,

Joe Roach
The New School

--- wrote:
> Dear Melissa,
> Thank you for this:
> "the fact a staff member is expressing an opinion as
> opposed to a student
> makes no difference. If that is the case, then it
> really doesn't matter if a
> hypothetical staff member has an agenda he/she is
> trying to push".
> Could you please elaborate on the "role" of staff as
> you see it?
> Here is where I'm stuck:
> 1) They could be just like students, 'don't bother
> anyone and follow their
> own interests'. They might be valuable members of
> the community but they
> would then be students and would pay and not be
> paid.
> 2) So then maybe they do all of #1 and they manage
> the repairs and utilities
> and correspondence. Now thery are a student with a
> job. They are back to
> being paid.
> 3) Now if they do all of #1 and all of their duties
> in #2, is there still
> more that they are responsible for. Is there some
> demand on them relative to
> the students? Can they be completely themselves or
> do they adopt some type of
> "role" in relationship to the students? Let us
> assume that mostly they can
> just be themselves and that is, of course, very
> valuable. But for the rest of
> their duties, are they in a "role"?. And then, of
> course, if you think there
> is some part that is a "role", how do you
> characterize and describe the
> quality of that "role"?
> To kind of rephrase the question: Is there something
> beyond #1 an #2, and if
> so, can you describe it for me?
> Thank You
> Deep Regard,
> Bill Richardson

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