Writing by:

Daniel Greenberg

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… 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 ›
Essay post | Monday, April 1, 2013
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 ›
Essay post | Tuesday, January 1, 2013
When we started the school in 1968 we knew right from the outset that there is a tremendous chasm between traditional education and what we set out to do. Now you all have a photograph in your chairs and I want you to hang onto it--we'll be… Read more ›
Essay post | Sunday, July 1, 2012
Sudbury Valley School—is it the easiest school or the hardest? It sounds like a simple question. But before even trying to provide some kind of answer, we have to ask ourselves what “easy” means and what “hard” means when they’re applied to human… Read more ›
Essay post | Tuesday, May 1, 2012
This essay is based on a talk delivered at the 2005 Summer Workshop for Staff of Sudbury Schools and Startup Groups. The full talk is available as a CD from The Sudbury Valley School Press. Sudbury Valley School was consciously modeled on the… Read more ›