Writing by:

Daniel Greenberg

Blog post | Monday, September 29, 2014
We’ve all been brought up on the old adage, “You can’t tell a book by its cover.” The point of this well-worn piece of ancient wisdom is simple: don’t judge the reality of a situation from its outward appearance. Even if you are put off (or… Read more ›
Essay post | Monday, September 1, 2014
Editor’s Note: This article is based on a day long symposium given by Daniel Greenberg at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Educational Leadership, to superintendents of schools in Pennsylvania, on October 20, 2009. I’d like to share a… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, August 4, 2014
Mimsy took the following photograph at school recently: She gave the photo the title “Men at Work.” At first sight, the title seems whimsical, though the photo itself is a perfect gem. I couldn’t stop thinking: is there more than whimsy to the… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, June 23, 2014
In 1850 the noted French economist Frederic Bastiat wrote a famous essay with the same title, and with a very insightful point: lots of times there are situations where we have no trouble seeing their good side, but don’t think about another side,… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, June 9, 2014
With all the difficulties that beset us in our personal lives, work environments, and world affairs, it is easy to lose sight of the precious gift of liberty that we enjoy in this country. Recently, a sad event occurred that served as a sharp… Read more ›
Essay post | Thursday, May 1, 2014
This article is based on a talk delivered at Sudbury Valley School on January 15, 2013. When I looked at the announcement for this talk, I thought: when this arrives at somebody's home, they're probably going to be a little puzzled. 21st century… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, March 31, 2014
Private schools host Open Houses to attract new families. We started having them about 10 years ago - a little late to the game, because we had been using a host of other methods to spread the word and bring in new students. But we figured: everyone… Read more ›
Essay post | Saturday, March 1, 2014
A reissue of an article published in the March 1993, issue of the Journal. Few concepts have caused us more trouble than "interest" at Sudbury Valley. We use it all the time in our literature and in our daily conversations. It comes up in interviews… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, January 20, 2014
Some of you may have read the earlier post about making gingerbread houses at Sudbury Valley during this season. Even if you missed it, you can find a delightful video of the activity on our website and tons of pictures of gingerbread activity on… Read more ›
Essay post | Sunday, December 1, 2013
Note: This article appeared in the November 25, 2005 issue of the Metrowest Daily News. One of the many things we as Americans can be thankful for in this Thanksgiving season is the diversity which is a hallmark of our society. From the beginning,… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, November 11, 2013
Human beings love to name things. A name serves as a convenient shorthand, identifying something without going into a long description. Some names aren’t obviously connected to what they name: “My doll’s name is Joseph.” Some are: “This room is the… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, August 26, 2013
One day last Spring, as I was walking by the Red Couch room on my way to the school’s office, I noticed half a dozen young girls, most under the age of eight, playing happily. Actually, it would have been hard to miss this scene: the elements of the… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, July 15, 2013
I am always amazed at how many high school graduates have little or no idea of how everyday personal banking works. I mean, simple things like personal checking accounts. I know I didn’t. Well, that’s not the case with Sudbury Valley kids. Without… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, June 3, 2013
The other day, I walked into the Dance Room Quiet Room to say “good morning” to my friends there.  As I entered, I spotted Fiona holding a delicate stuffed bird in her hand, strikingly colorful and beautiful.  I asked her what its name was… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, April 8, 2013
Sudbury Valley has no bells announcing times and few clocks on the walls, but everyone seems to know when noon arrives.  Noon, after all, is when The Concession opens, and The Concession is where everyone can buy whatever snacks and cold… Read more ›