Articles

Thursday, March 22, 2018
“The environment of the school was such a great cross-section of humanity, from kids four years old all the way up to the adult staff. So you really had a lot to reflect on with so many experiences being shared. I grew up faster by having access to… Read more ›
Friday, March 16, 2018
  Chapter 29 - Kingdom of Childhood I don't know if I really understood everything about the school right away, but the thing that I did understand was that I loved it. It was somewhere that I wanted to be. And it stayed that way until it was… Read more ›
Friday, March 16, 2018
Sudbury Valley School: An Idea Whose Time Has Come [SVS Journal, vol. 45, Spring 2016] Contents  Archetype: 1965 - 1990  I. In the Beginning  II. The Shakedown Cruise  III. Swept Up in the Tide—and Almost Drowned!  IV. Who… Read more ›
Friday, March 16, 2018
[Chapter 5, A Clearer View; pp. 92-116] We always felt that Sudbury Valley was the best place to develop each child’s unique potential to the fullest. That was a given for us from day one. The question is, how does this beautiful concept relate to… Read more ›
Thursday, March 15, 2018
[Free At Last, Foreword, pp. 9-11] There were no appointments available. By December, everyone who hoped to attend Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, had long since submitted their applications and made arrangements for an admissions… Read more ›
Thursday, March 15, 2018
A Clearer View, Chapter 4, pp. 72-91 It may sound like a strange thing to talk about the significance of the democratic model in a school like ours, because the democratic model is so embedded in the school, and has been from day one. In fact,… Read more ›
Monday, March 12, 2018
Sudbury Valley School Journal, Winter 2016 Introduction This essay has been prompted by a feeling of frustration that has finally led me to sit down and face an unpleasant reality: too many people think we are basically an “un-schooling” institution… Read more ›
Monday, March 12, 2018
The Meaning of Play [Chapter 1, A Clearer View, pp. 3-30] Back in 1965, a small group of us started discussing a set of ideas about education and schooling. That was when we began to become self conscious of the fact that rather than just being… Read more ›
Monday, March 12, 2018
Sudbury Valley School Experience, pp. 121-136 For a long time I had the strong conviction that age mixing, which is one of the most obvious features of Sudbury Valley, is among the most important educational components of the school (as well as… Read more ›
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
The sub-title was carefully chosen to represent the status I think conversation has relative to the entire process of learning and living. This is a retrospective series of talks about what we’ve learned over the thirty years, and I find it rather… Read more ›
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
I’ve been going through the material in SVS’ School Planning Kit and it has led me into a process that I did not expect. During many phases of my life thus far, I've experienced moments of revelation about myself and the world around me. Having… Read more ›
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Prologue Ever since the school was first conceived, we have been searching for a way to express in clear and concise form its essential philosophy and practice. The search has been far-reaching, and has unearthed a wide range of concepts. Those I… Read more ›
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
There is a book on my desk: “Wanderlust” . . . . This book is about peripatetics! While reading it, I thought about the two little girls walking side by side, on a road leading to Sudbury [Valley], talking about something very important. Sudbury has… Read more ›
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
We always felt that Sudbury Valley was the best place to develop each child’s unique potential to the fullest. That was a given for us from day one. The question is, how does this beautiful concept relate to setting up a school? It turns out that,… Read more ›
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Over the years, many studies have been done of the graduates of Sudbury Valley School to see whether an environment that is beautiful for childhood can also be a beautiful beginning for adult life. Any doubts should have been put to rest by a recent… Read more ›