Blog

Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Our family recently moved to Framingham to be closer to SVS, and during my long hours of packing I found a large plastic bin filled with my son Gavinʼs elementary school papers. These were papers from kindergarten through the middle of 5th grade,… Read more ›
Monday, May 2, 2022
Eli Katzoff talks about his experience as a Sudbury Valley student and how his time at Sudbury Valley School prepared him for life.  
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
There is a myth out there, a false idea called the “real world”. “It’s not like that in the real world.” “When you get out there in the real world, you’ll see.” The idea fed to children and students is that they must do unpleasant things to prepare… Read more ›
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
  As I write, I am looking outside at the beautiful campus in the morning sun. Children of all ages are all over – running, playing, calling each other, romping. Inside, voices can be heard from the adjacent rooms – and sometimes floating up from… Read more ›
Monday, March 7, 2022
Children Are Like Locs by Anika Prather The Living Water School, Alexandria, VA This has been the year for me personally, as a mom and as a school founder, to fully mentally and emotionally grasp that kids do not need our help to learn. It took… Read more ›
Thursday, January 27, 2022
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 to… Read more ›
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
We were talking about birthdays, Audrey, Ben, Christine and I. All three children had just turned six and their birthday parties were recalled with much joy. As a normally foolish adult I asked the kind of questions that kids consider really dumb.… Read more ›
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
I realized that one of the kids in school who had been here for many years was about to turn eleven. (How dare she get so old?) I said, “Oh, I wish you were still 7½ .” What I meant, of course, was that the years go by too fast, and we remember… Read more ›
Monday, November 8, 2021
There is a stigma against people who are perceived to be “doing nothing". The greatest fear that most adults have, vis-a-vis children enrolled in Sudbury Valley, is that those children will do nothing. These fears arise from the failure to see… Read more ›
Monday, October 18, 2021
Mimsy took the following photograph at school recently: She gave the photo the title "Men at Work". At first sight, the title seems whimsical, though the photo itself is a perfect gem. I couldn’t stop thinking: is there more than whimsy to… Read more ›
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Is the grand edifice of education built on a foundation of quicksand? Here is a list of the false beliefs at the core of prevailing educational practices: 1. “If you teach, they will learn”     If schools want a particular person to… Read more ›
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
I confess that I wasn't thinking about happiness in 1968, when my husband and I decided to send our children to the almost-open Sudbury Valley School. We had unfortunately noticed that public school seemed to cause our little son to feel something… Read more ›
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
How can every person be above average? It sounds impossible, but it is a given in the community at Sudbury Valley. Living life with a measuring stick, watching to be certain that you are doing OK by others’ standards, and getting a thumbs up that… Read more ›
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Take One by Daniel Greenberg If you happen to be sitting in the large front room called “the sewing room", you might notice that every day at 11:00 a.m., eight people walk into the adjacent book-lined “seminar room". What you are seeing… Read more ›
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Hanna: People who hear about the school often say: so everybody will just work on what’s easy for them. And my answer to them is: “Well, what’s wrong with that?” However, my observation is that it’s not true, that a lot of the kids work on whatever… Read more ›