Writing by:

Mimsy Sadofsky

Essay post | Saturday, February 1, 2014
(What Does That Mean Anyway?) Note: I was asked to speak, in a plenary session, at the International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC), in August, in Vancouver, Canada. This article is adapted from that talk. The topic that I was asked to speak… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, January 27, 2014
Maybe my memory is foggy but never do I remember the ice on our pond being as perfect as it was the week of January 6. On Tuesday, we were all, young and old, stuck inside as the “polar vortex” kept the wind chill dangerous. The next day was still… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, December 23, 2013
Yes, they can break bones.  But sticks and stones, are more importantly, the life blood of a great deal of imaginative play here and indeed not used to wound at Sudbury Valley at all. People sometimes look around the our campus, outside and in… Read more ›
Blog post | Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Not so many of us are here at 8:30. Just enough for a gentle but lively start to the day. But when I retreat to the office to pick up some tasks from the day before, or tackle some new ones, there is Dana playing magically on the piano. Kyle, Hanna… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, December 2, 2013
I often ask myself why I am so enamored of the December ritual of making gingerbread houses (and trees) at Sudbury Valley. It is a big deal! Everyone has to put a lot of work into it. Not everyone in the school, but a much wider cross-section than… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, October 21, 2013
I have puzzled for a long time about a phenomenon that I encounter daily at Sudbury Valley but did not have a way to put into words. I didn’t know it was “ownership.” And I never realized how profoundly important ownership actually is! We talk about… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, August 19, 2013
I recently asked that question of a 17 year old SVS student with whom I am good friends.  I have trouble understanding the fact that several kids that I know very well who have one Jewish and one non-Jewish parent have made a conscious decision… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, July 29, 2013
Last May, I visited the Fairhaven School to be a part of their Diploma Committee. So, I missed most of two days of school here at SVS. No matter how many times I go away, I'm never prepared for how it will feel when I return.  In the abstract,… Read more ›
Essay post | Monday, July 1, 2013
This is a speech delivered at Sacramento Valley School in August of 2008. Coming to Sacramento Valley School nourishes me and my work as a Sudbury school staff member because it always makes me feel really good that the people in Sacramento Valley… Read more ›
Blog post | Tuesday, June 18, 2013
It is so hard.  The students at SVS are clearly extremely occupied.  But what exactly are they doing?  You want to take little pictures of it all because so many intense things are going on.  But you can’t see most of those… Read more ›
Blog post | Tuesday, April 23, 2013
On the radio a couple of weeks ago, I heard a man talking about educational reform, and what they consider progress made with young children’s education in Illinois in recent years.  He talked about a goal, which he called “agency."  The… Read more ›
Essay post | Thursday, November 1, 2012
After one has read Free at Last, it is tempting to think that the anecdotal sketches in it are idealized, and that there can be no such school in the real world. However, the school exists, and while attending is not quite a fairy tale existence, it… Read more ›
Essay post | Thursday, April 1, 2010
Note: This was the second part of a session delivered by Dan Greenberg and Mimsy Sadofsky at the Spring 2000 meeting of the Massachusetts School Counselors Association. The first part placed the idea of college in today's world in an economic and… Read more ›
Essay post | Friday, May 1, 2009
Note: This is an edited version of a talk delivered at Fairfield School in Wolfeville, Nova Scotia. 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… Read more ›
Essay post | Monday, December 1, 2008
Note: This is a talk that was delivered at Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, in May of 2000. 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… Read more ›