Re: DSM: about Sudbury model

John Axtell (
Sat, 31 Mar 2001 18:25:03 -0800


I decided to force after I got the test results. How else could a 17 year old
manage to be at the 3.2 grade level, except in vocabulary. He had a great deal
of freedom and never had any interest in anything but good healthy play which
we allowed him to do fully, except he did have to do his chores.

The bottom line is I simply do not think most normal healthy boys will come in
out of the sand pile, was playing in it this weekend with his 15 year old best
friend, and he loves playing with 5 year olds in it. We think this is wonderful
but he is soon going to have to earn a living.


CindyK wrote:

> > Alan,
> >
> > Well my 17 year old son managed to average 3.2 grade level on a test he
> took
> > two years ago. I have been homeschooling for 25 years and have seen a lot.
> I
> > have seen few students that will just dive into the art of reading without
> > being forced, or math, or science.
> >
> > John
> >
> Hi John,
> At what age did you start to force? Maybe they didn't have enough time to
> develop the interest before you decided it was time to force? Once you
> start to force, you have to continue to force unless you give up that idea
> all together. It seems to be a part of human nature to resist pressure.
> Chidren can feel that trust. Either they are in charge of their education
> or someone else is. If someone else is, they will resist that pressure.
> Just a thought.
> CindyK

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