Writing by:

Hanna Greenberg

Blog post | Monday, May 11, 2015
Often we as adults don’t get why kids make a big deal about things that seem trivial to us. A good case in point is the matter of fashion. It probably has been a bone of contention between the young and the old since the beginning of history, but… Read more ›
Essay post | Friday, May 1, 2015
One day in late summer Danny came home from school with a very grim face. I knew that he had bad news for me and he indeed said that something terrible happened. Of course, being me, I thought that someone I cared about died. Danny said, “Yes, it’s… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, April 13, 2015
Sudbury Valley’s big drama in November was a trial. Trials are rare. Almost always, when the Judicial Committee decides, after careful investigation, to charge someone with violating a rule, the person charged accepts the fairness of the process and… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, March 9, 2015
 I happen to love watching the NBA play, especially the finals, in which only the best of the best compete with each other. The skill, power and grace displayed in these games is amazing to me. The games at SVS are quite different, but oh so… Read more ›
Essay post | Thursday, January 1, 2015
For years and years every Wednesday the upstairs piano room is taken over by Sharon Kane and her students. When I glance through the door’s window I see kids of all ages working with Sharon, but I have always wondered what is really going on in… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, December 8, 2014
This piece was originally published in the Sudbury Valley School Journal, Volume 2, number 4, June 1991. We were talking about birthdays, Audrey, Ben, Christine and I. All three children had just turned six and their birthday parties were recalled… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, November 10, 2014
It’s much easier to explain why having a candy store at SVS is problematic than why, year after year, the School Meeting votes to keep it in operation. Think of how prospective parents feel when they walk into the main lounge on the way to the… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, October 20, 2014
 Mar is a photographer who can paint and draw. The other day I was shown several photos Mar had taken. One of them was of the stump of a big old tree. Mar had arranged a tiny bouquet of dainty flowers in its center. The contrast between the… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, October 6, 2014
At Sudbury Valley, we often celebrate weddings. Some are simple impromptu games, and others are elaborate ceremonies, like the one we had in mid-September outdoors on the back lawn, on a beautiful bright day. What I liked about this wedding was the… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, July 21, 2014
This post was originally published in The Sudbury Valley School Journal, volume 30., number 4, March 2001. “When God began to create heaven and earth, the universe was chaos and disorder, and darkness enveloped the void.” (Genesis 1:1) One day I was… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, May 12, 2014
This post originally appeared in The Sudbury Valley School Journal, volume 27, no. 5, May 1998. A young girl of nine or ten asked me to teach her math. I gave her some problems which she enjoyed doing. Next day she came to me with many sheets of… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, April 14, 2014
Sometimes what you wish for has consequences that you wished would not bother you. A case in point is the way SVS students who enrolled when they were very young tend to grow up to be persistent -- and capable of getting what they want. So, quite… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, March 17, 2014
This post first appeared in The Sudbury Valley School Journal, volume 29, no. 1, October 1999. This is a confession: It took me many many years to learn how not to pounce and use what are called "teaching moments" at home with my own children and… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, February 24, 2014
What I love about children is their abiding optimism. Sure they don’t like to fail and they can become very frustrated at times, but unlike adults they rarely give up hope and become gloomy. To most children, the world is full of wonders. Each… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, February 3, 2014
Hanging the photo exhibit on Friday, January 24th proved to be an exhilarating experience for me. It goes without saying that the photos are varied in their subjects, beautiful and interesting. What else would one expect from kids at SVS? They are… Read more ›