Writing by:

Daniel Greenberg

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 ›
Blog post | Monday, October 12, 2015
During the summer of 2015, I had what for me was an unusual experience. But first, some background. Back in early 1968, when the school was in the process of formation, the founding group had split up among themselves the various jobs that had to be… Read more ›
Essay post | Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Reprinted from The Sudbury Valley School NEWSLETTER; vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 3-6 I On at least four occasions during the past eight years, people have attempted to film documentaries of The Sudbury Valley School, for presentation to the public. Two of… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, August 31, 2015
Ever since I first became involved with education - some sixty years ago! - I have been hearing one constant complaint: our schools do not do a satisfactory job of preparing children to be successful adults in the modern world. We have been… Read more ›
Essay post | Saturday, August 1, 2015
Based on a talk delivered on July 18, 2005 during the Summer Workshop for Staff of Sudbury Schools and Startup Groups held on the campus of Sudbury Valley School. The subject of this paper is central to any Sudbury school – indeed, to any community… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, June 29, 2015
This week's post was originally published as an essay in the Sudbury Valley School Journal (November, 2007) I.  There are three activities everybody does regardless of culture: make music, decorate things, and talk. Talking, making music… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, June 22, 2015
Every morning, at the beginning of the school day, you can watch the children gradually making their way toward the main building, preparing to start their day. Some come running, breathless to get down to work, to carry out whatever they had… Read more ›
Essay post | Monday, June 1, 2015
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of my first entry into the world of education, as a teaching assistant in the Physics Department of Columbia University (where I was a graduate student). I wanted to share some of my ruminations about my half… Read more ›
Essay post | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
What a Classic Children’s Parable Tells Us About Sudbury Valley Delve into it, delve into it; the more you delve, the more you find in it. ~Ancient Rabbinic Saying I Everyone knows the story of the emperor’s new clothes; it is a classic among… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, February 16, 2015
On a beautiful fall day in October, Sudbury Valley was the scene of a long-awaited event: the arrival of a new baby grand piano. You see, for several years our trusty old baby grand had been bravely carrying on, kept alive by the loving… Read more ›
Essay post | Sunday, February 1, 2015
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 ›
Essay post | Saturday, November 1, 2014
This article was adapted from a talk presented at Sudbury Valley School to the school community and others on April 6, 2011. Do Children Need Guidance?" Most people who see that title would answer, "of course they do". It's a subject I've been… Read more ›