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Monday, August 13, 2018
As we walked down the driveway to the main building, slightly jet-lagged after the flight from the UK, I thought I knew what to expect. After all, we had spent a year immersing ourselves in Sudbury literature with the aim of opening a school in Kent… Read more ›
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… Read more ›
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… Read more ›
Friday, July 6, 2018
     “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” - the three cornerstones of this country, and the reason it was founded in the first place.  These were the “unalienable rights” that our founders declared belonged to every… Read more ›
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… Read more ›
Monday, June 4, 2018
I was speaking with a prospective family at an Open House a few months ago and telling them about the democratic process at Sudbury Valley and how students are respected, empowered, and internally motivated. The dad interjected, "Well, I think it’s… Read more ›
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… Read more ›
Monday, May 7, 2018
For 50 years, Sudbury Valley Schools, and other schools inspired by its model, have been providing children with a place to grow like no other. Our starting point is treating children who enroll at school, from age four and up, as human beings… Read more ›
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 ›
Monday, April 9, 2018
  Cori, my oldest daughter and Kali, one of her close friends at SVS are having a good-humored debate about which one of them reads more books. This debate has been going on so long now that for Christmas their friends bought them each a… Read more ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
Monday, February 12, 2018
This was published in our Janury 1998 Journal; a note from Jean and Rick Leif about what their daughter is up to now has been added. Quite a lot has been written about what it is like to be a student at Sudbury Valley School, but I would like to… Read more ›
Monday, January 29, 2018
This article is reprinted from The Field, the newsletter of Fairfield School. There is a debate among educators regarding the best way to teach reading and writing. In one camp are the whole language proponents. They believe that reading and writing… Read more ›