Writing by:

Mimsy Sadofsky

Blog post | Monday, August 12, 2019
It was Valentine’s Day. There had been something afoot for quite a few days, and there were lots of valentines – simple but perfect (Cori and her friends at work) – made for people to write inside. Pink, white, lavender and red papers were… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, May 20, 2019
What do SVS students have in common? What are the distinguishing features of this vibrant collection of people whose energy strikes you the moment you encounter them? For a long time I have been trying to articulate the answers to these questions.… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, March 25, 2019
Emma is just one of those “little girls”. They don’t look that individualized; they look like the little girls one used to see in picture books, the ones that behaved either perfectly or horribly, but the story came out all right in the end. But… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, March 11, 2019
We often hear people talk about Sudbury schools as "unschooling schools." Besides the fact that the actual phrase, to me, does not even make sense, I think the people who use it overlook a lot of dissimilarities that are important keystones as… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, December 31, 2018
Well, first of all, it miraculously not only starts on the first day of our fiftieth year of existence, but keeps going through two full years. After all, 1968 is when we opened our doors, so many of us feel . . . might as well make it two years… Read more ›
Blog post | Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Every year, a large group of kids from Sudbury Valley decamp (literally) on the next to last week of school to Nickerson State Park, in Brewster, on Cape Cod. While writing this I was waiting (as was everyone else who didn’t go) for them to… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, March 26, 2018
One of our particularly lovely and fascinating bankers was visiting recently. It was not her first time, but being here makes most people, if they are even a little bit open to the environment, feel very good. She said, “I love to come here. It is a… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, February 26, 2018
I can’t believe I even wrote such a sappy title. Me, the tell-it-like-it-is gal, who never exaggerates. But let me describe a bit of a very recent day. As I was walking down to school, on an absolutely perfect morning, a young boy (7), whom we will… Read more ›
Article | Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Over the years, many studies have been done of the graduates of Sudbury Valley School to see whether an environment that is beautiful for childhood can also be a beautiful beginning for adult life. Any doubts should have been put to rest by a recent… Read more ›
Article | Wednesday, December 20, 2017
The following is a transcript from an alumni event: Mimsy Sadofsky, moderator, opened the event.Featuring alumni: Nikole Beckwith, Mark Christianson, Jeannine Bouffard Moore, Greg Richard, and Hal Sadofsky We are going to visit tonight with… Read more ›
Article | Thursday, November 9, 2017
            The following is a speech (very slightly edited) delivered on June 29, 1993, to a public meeting sponsored by a group founding a school, Timpanogos Village, in Provo, Utah.… Read more ›
Article | Tuesday, November 7, 2017
I would like to start in the middle. Before I talk about the basic features of a Sudbury school, I would like to talk about two central ideas that don't even come up when you talk about most models of schooling and that are all-important in… Read more ›
Blog post | Tuesday, September 12, 2017
In many ways, it is nothing short of miraculous that Sudbury Valley has reached the 50th year of its operation. For all the talk of reform in the world of education, those parents who feel comfortable allowing their small and large children autonomy… Read more ›
Blog post | Tuesday, June 27, 2017
It is the first question parents ask once they try to wrap their minds around the fact that students at Sudbury Valley are, in fact, free to use their time in the ways that appeal to them. And even after we have gone through the whole bit; after one… Read more ›
Essay post | Wednesday, February 1, 2017
The following is a speech (very slightly edited) delivered on June 29, 1993, to a public meeting sponsored by a group founding a school, Timpanogos Village, in Provo, Utah. I’ve come here this evening to talk about the Sudbury Valley School. The… Read more ›