Interview with Reverend John Powis

Okay, when the experiment was over, after all your labor and the labor of this entire community, was there any sentiment that there had been some sort of victory?


When the project was actually done away with, because that's what the legislature did, there was a lot of disappointment on the parts of all of us and I think we felt extremely bad, we had put an awful lot of effort into this. But I think this was a period, the '60's was such an incredibly interesting period, that I think we realized also that something really good had happened**. I think parents had really once and for all said that somehow or another that they had to have part of education. I think those young people who were in the schools at that time, they'll never be the same. They were, they certainly learned something about themselves, about things that they could do with themselves, by themselves. So I, I, I, I have often recollected on the whole experience and said to myself, yes they iced it, but at the same time, uh, I think we accomplished a great deal. And I think if the schools, one of the reasons why I think that it was so good is that the schools are so much worse now and the biggest part of the problem in the schools now is that the parents don't go near the schools. They're kept away from the schools.