Writing by:

Daniel Greenberg

Blog post | Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Recently, an article was brought to my attention, entitled “Alternative Educational System Sudbury Valley as a Model for Reforming School”. It was a paper presented to the 4th World Conference on Educational Technology Researches, held in Barcelona… Read more ›
Essay post | Saturday, July 1, 2017
What it Tells us About How Children Get “Educated” What are the features that we all, as human beings, share, and that are key to understanding how we function? In this essay I attempt to identify those features. Why do I care? Because when billions… Read more ›
Essay post | Thursday, June 1, 2017
Since the beginning I have been wondering about the kinds of people the graduates of Sudbury Valley School would turn out to be. More to the point, I wondered what kinds of people I wanted them to be – a very personal judgment, to be sure, but… Read more ›
Essay post | Monday, May 1, 2017
First published in vol. 44 of the Sudbury Valley School Journal, Spring, 2015. Pretty much all of us are familiar with the phrase in our Declaration of Independence that asserts that every person possesses three “inalienable rights”—“life, liberty,… Read more ›
Essay post | Wednesday, March 1, 2017
There is a great deal of talk these days about maintaining, or raising, standards in our schools. The prevailing notion seems to be that children tend to be slackers, and that the only way to ensure that our culture survives without degradation of… Read more ›
Essay post | Sunday, January 1, 2017
In general, play has gotten a bad press in Western society. It is considered to be the activity that is least useful economically, socially, even ethically. It is associated with laziness and shiftlessness. It is the antonym of “work”. At best, it… Read more ›
Essay post | Tuesday, November 1, 2016
This is an edited transcript of a talk given at Koonan University, near Kobe, Japan, to the psychology class of Professor Hage Daishin on April 29, 1999. It was delivered in English and translated consecutively into Japanese. I would like to begin… Read more ›
Essay post | Thursday, September 1, 2016
Note: “In Appreciation of Liberty” was posted on the SVS blog (www.sudval.org) on June 9, 2014. It elicited several fascinating comments which, we felt, enriched the conversation, so we thought you might enjoy reading it as a “package”. With all the… Read more ›
Essay post | Monday, August 1, 2016
When visitors arrive at the Sudbury Valley School for the first time, they usually get the impression that they’ve come during “recess.” Everywhere children are playing and happily enjoying themselves in various ways. If they stay a while, they… Read more ›
Essay post | Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Some issues that have been crying for attention This essay started with some thoughts I had about the concept of decentralization in the modern world. I was focussing on this because I had a feeling that decentralization is a key idea closely… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, May 23, 2016
I have been extremely puzzled for some time that our society seems to be eagerly pursuing mutually inconsistent goals, almost as if we are unaware that in so doing, we are trying to go in opposite directions at the same time! Let me give you some… Read more ›
Essay post | Friday, April 1, 2016
I Not long ago, an article appeared in a major urban newspaper, which labeled Sudbury Valley as a “School with No Teachers.” Soon after, the newspaper that serves the Metro-West Boston region (in which Sudbury Valley is located) featured us in a big… Read more ›
Essay post | Monday, February 1, 2016
The Hidden Power of Conversation I We have always stressed the central role conversation plays in the way people learn – and, in particular, in the way students learn at Sudbury Valley. The students recognize this clearly, and often talk about the… Read more ›
Essay post | Friday, January 1, 2016
During the school year 1997-98, as part of Sudbury Valley School’s Thirtieth Anniversary celebrations, a series of six talks was presented on the theme: What We Know Now That We Didn’t Know Thirty Years Ago. This is an edited version of the second… Read more ›
Blog post | Thursday, December 17, 2015
If I had to choose one topic to place at the very core of every child's educational experience, I would have no trouble identifying it: how to deal with failure. Yet, this is the subject most assiduously ignored in traditional mainstream schools. On… Read more ›