Writing by:

Hanna Greenberg

Essay post | Saturday, June 1, 2019
During the Fall of 2017, Sudbury Valley hosted three guests from a school in Copenhagen called “Den Demokratiske Skole” which was inspired by SVS. Rikke Faxoe founded and was staff at the school for its seven years, until it closed in 2015. Rikke is… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, February 25, 2019
In the car on the way home from the Maynard Fine Arts Theater on Saturday, January 26, Danny and I were elated.   We had just seen the movie “Drowning in Pennsylvania”, which was written, produced and acted by Sudbury Valley students and alums.… Read more ›
Essay post | Friday, February 1, 2019
Author’s note: Lots of people, and parents especially, are perplexed at best and horrified at worst, about the extensive use of computers by children these days. It is not something that they have experienced, and thus it makes them uncomfortable… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, January 28, 2019
Originally appeared in the June Journal of 1992, Volume 21 After so many years of explaining the philosophy of SVS I occasionally get tired. Tired of the same old questions which show me over and over again how difficult it is for people to… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, December 3, 2018
It is odd but true that the things we most value in our lives are things which are hard to quantify but easy to feel. We all want our epitaphs to say that we were good and decent folk, not that we were rich and thin and got all A's in school. So… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, November 5, 2018
A broken leg is no fun. However, since at SVS almost any new situation can become a window into what is going on in the minds of the kids, my broken leg led to many unexpected insights for me. My mobility was seriously curtailed by my inability… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, September 24, 2018
Fifty years of working to keep SVS alive and vital is my personal equivalent of summitting K2 the toughest mountain on earth. Warning! Unlike most of my writing, which dwells on the joy and optimism of daily life at SVS, I am going to go to the… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, July 30, 2018
The last days of the fiftieth birthday year of Sudbury Valley were days of fun, of laughter, and also of tears. The fun part was greeting the 35 students returning from a five day camping trip to Nickerson State Park on Cape Cod. Despite having to… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, June 18, 2018
Twenty years ago a Sudbury type school was established in the state of Maryland. Its group of founders, with help, bought twelve acres in a wooded area, built a large structure with their own labors (and with a little help from their friends), and… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, May 21, 2018
It’s already the first week of July and it is only now that I finally am rested enough to have a modicum of perspective about the hectic crazy busy last month of school. The annual five day camping trip to Nickerson State Park on Cape Cod requires a… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, April 23, 2018
All too often parents, educators, and even students ask us why we are so adamant about not offering any courses at SVS, and why we only teach in response to the students’ initiatives. They wonder why we don’t just offer a few “required” subjects and… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, March 12, 2018
I myself am tired of my stories about SVS trips in general and of skiing trips in particular. But I just can’t help it! The truth probably is that what I see happening on trips happens all the time at school, but it happens so privately that I… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, December 18, 2017
This blog was originally published as an article in our journal, November 1, 1992. We often enjoy annual trips to the White Mountains in October. One trip took place a bit after the glorious colors of Fall were at the height of their beauty. The… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, November 20, 2017
For many years now a Halloween dance has taken place in the barn. Wearing a costume is optional but most people come wearing something funky, beautiful or amusing. The dances are totally organized by students, while staff serve as chaperones who are… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, September 4, 2017
This blog was originally published as an article in our journal, May 1, 1994. Somewhere I read this quote by Lotte Bailin: "Instant availability without continuous presence is the best role a mother could play." A lovely quote, I thought, and I let… Read more ›