Writing by:

Daniel Greenberg

Essay post | Thursday, March 1, 2012
Editor's note: In early 1999, this series of op-ed pieces was published in the Metro-West Daily News. The Notion that All Children Undergo the Same Developmental Processes at the Same Rate published January 29, 1999 The MCAS tests, and the so-… Read more ›
Essay post | Sunday, January 1, 2012
Acquiring wisdom is the highest goal of education. To be wise is to have the ability to lead a good, useful, and productive life, both as an individual and as a member of a community. From earliest times, wisdom has been recognized as the finest… Read more ›
Essay post | Thursday, September 1, 2011
Note: This is an edited transcript of a talk delivered at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia on February 9, 2001. In editing, the flavor of an oral presentation has been preserved. My focus, as you might expect, is the concept behind… Read more ›
Essay post | Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Note: Edited version of a talk given in Portland, OR on March 9, 1991. It's very difficult to begin a discussion about Sudbury Valley School, because it takes a certain fundamental change in mindset to grasp what we're trying to do. We're not… Read more ›
Essay post | Friday, October 1, 2010
Every year, word gets around that certain students in the school are receiving outside tutoring arranged by their parents in subjects that their parents think are important for them to know - subjects that the students are not pursuing on their own… Read more ›
Essay post | Thursday, July 1, 2010
Note: This is an edited version of a talk presented to the 2002 Workshop for Staff of Sudbury Schools and for Startup Groups about to open new Sudbury Schools, held at Sudbury Valley School in July 2002. I For a long time I've held that as soon as… Read more ›
Essay post | Tuesday, June 1, 2010
During a School Meeting debate in the late spring of the year 2000, someone made an oft-repeated point: "If the people involved in this activity really cared, they would be here and promote their cause." It is a refrain that I have heard often from… Read more ›
Essay post | Monday, February 1, 2010
Note: This essay is based on a talk given at Framingham State College in November 2007. I When people write about schools, they usually talk about curriculum, program, management, pedagogy, and other such matters. I’m not going to do that at all.… Read more ›
Essay post | Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Note: This essay is an edited version of the transcript of a talk given at the school on November 19, 2008. It is a question that people ask all the time. We hear it at Open Houses, we hear it when we meet people outside, we hear it at interviews,… Read more ›
Essay post | Thursday, October 1, 2009
The indispensable ingredients for establishing and maintaining a Sudbury school as a viable entity1 I. The Core Group The seeds for having a sustainable school are planted at the very beginning. How you start, how you set the place up, are largely… Read more ›
Essay post | Monday, June 1, 2009
The Question For as long as I can remember, Sudbury Valley School has stated that its reason for existence, in a nutshell, is to provide an environment, suitable for our place and time, in which children can take responsibility for preparing… Read more ›
Essay post | Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Musings on the School's 40th Anniversary 1 Forty years ago, in February of 1968, the papers of incorporation of The Sudbury Valley School, Inc., were signed, and we came into being as an official institution. That's a very exciting memory, and this… Read more ›
Essay post | Sunday, February 1, 2009
I believe that in the long run, history will decide that the major legacy of the twentieth century has been the extension of the concept of individual rights and personal liberty to all adults, everywhere. One hundred years ago, these concepts were… Read more ›
Essay post | Thursday, January 1, 2009
All the high-sounding rhetoric about educational reform makes most people think that something really good is in the air. Educators, political leaders, academics, and the intellectual community in general all seem to be four-square behind a movement… Read more ›
Essay post | Saturday, November 1, 2008
I Democracy has always been a central concept for Sudbury Valley School. In fact, one can properly say that liberal democracy defines the school: a place where all stakeholders have an equal say in governing the community, where all have equal… Read more ›