That’s not fair!

18 Aug

On our way back from the beach the other day, my 4-year-old randomly asks, “Mom, what does it mean to be ‘sent to the office’?”

Me: “What office?”

4-year-old: “You know, when you get ‘sent to the office’ at public school.”

Me: “Oh, that usually means you’re in trouble so the teacher sends you to the principal’s office. Being ‘in trouble’ means the teacher decided that you did something bad.”

4-year-old: “When do they do JC?” (The Judicial Committee is the student-led justice system, which operates sort of like a mini-courtroom.)

Me: “They don’t have JC in public school. The teacher and principal usually decide what happens to you.”

Suddenly my 7-year-old, who had been quietly listening the whole time, chimes in, “What!? That’s not fair!”

Me: “I agree with you.”

7-year-old: “Why would a parent send their kids to a school like that?”

Me: “I don’t think most people really think about it so much. It’s easier to do whatever everybody else is doing.”

7-year-old: “Well, that’s just silly.”

Me: “It sure is…”

For more about how JC functions in Sudbury schools, check out this video from Sudbury Valley School.

5 Responses to “That’s not fair!”

  1. Bruce Smith August 19, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    You remind me of one time some kids at my Sudbury school were playing “school,” and the “teacher” explained that you had to raise your hand and ask for permission if you wanted to go to the bathroom. “You have to ASK to go to the BATHROOM??” replied one “student” incredulously, a girl who’d only been to our school and couldn’t imagine such a ridiculous way of doing things.

    • dekendiz August 19, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

      That sounds very familiar. I also love how new students can’t believe that they can eat whenever they want.

      • Bruce Smith August 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

        Sometimes when people ask whether we have a dress code, I’ll say, “Sure — we do require that they _wear_ clothing.” And then I’ll reminisce to myself about the little girl who used to wear Halloween costumes nearly every day.

  2. sontha September 27, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    Loved reading this post!


  1. When Students Have Real Power | Growing Sunset - September 24, 2013

    […] to appeal to some authority figure to solve his problems. HE is powerful and he can trust that the Judicial Committee (JC) will handle things […]

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