Yet the assumption saturates the entire institution. Students will often demand why a teacher doesn’t make them do something in their best interest. The reply should be, of course: if you know it’s in your best interest, why didn’t you make yourself do it?
This is a terrible way to raise our children, under the belief that other people have control over them and they have no responsibility for their actions. At Sudbury schools, we recognize that we have no control, and thus the students embrace their own. And the irresponsibility and chronic behavior problems evaporate.
Sean Vivier, MLSS Staff