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Monday, December 18, 2017
This blog was originally published as an article in our journal, November 1, 1992. We often enjoy annual trips to the White Mountains in October. One trip took place a bit after the glorious colors of Fall were at the height of their beauty. The… Read more ›
Monday, December 4, 2017
Everyone has heard the aphorism, “To get the right answers, you have to ask the right questions.” Much energy has been expended on trying to discover how to formulate “right questions” in any field of endeavor. But people seldom give much… Read more ›
Monday, November 20, 2017
For many years now a Halloween dance has taken place in the barn. Wearing a costume is optional but most people come wearing something funky, beautiful or amusing. The dances are totally organized by students, while staff serve as chaperones who are… Read more ›
Monday, November 6, 2017
An Introduction, by Hanna Greenberg “In Israel, where I come from, there are two “Sudbury” schools, and both are thriving.  One is in the heart of the city of Jerusalem, and the other, Kanaf (which means “wings”) is in the Golan Heights,… Read more ›
Monday, October 23, 2017
A Fall Apple Picking ExcursionHanna Greenberg New England has the perfect climate for growing apples.  There are several orchards in the school’s vicinity where people can pick their own fruit.  You pay an entrance fee, get a bag and you are allowed… Read more ›
Monday, October 9, 2017
Summer vacation is over and on the way to school I make my now predictable joke. “Did you complete your assigned summer reading? How about that social studies diorama for Danny?” My kids smile and roll their eyes. My mind drifts back to when my… Read more ›
Monday, September 25, 2017
When talking about the school, we all find others confused about what we believe, and about what we do. As with most confusion, much of the confusion can be reduced to language. People casually use certain terms loosely and interchangeably as a… Read more ›
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 ›
Monday, September 4, 2017
This blog was originally published as an article in our journal, May 1, 1994. Somewhere I read this quote by Lotte Bailin: "Instant availability without continuous presence is the best role a mother could play." A lovely quote, I thought, and I let… Read more ›
Monday, August 21, 2017
It is not uncommon for people who come to an interview inquiring about enrollment to ask, “What activities do you have at Sudbury Valley?”  After all, it is a school, and schools usually have, in addition to regular classes teaching the… Read more ›
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Ever since I heard about SVS, I began thinking of ways to develop an awareness of the Sudbury model in France. Founding Ecole Dynamique, in Paris, was a fascinating adventure that reached well beyond the circle of the families involved in the school… Read more ›
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Recently, an article was brought to my attention, entitled “Alternative Educational System Sudbury Valley as a Model for Reforming School”. It was a paper presented to the 4th World Conference on Educational Technology Researches, held in Barcelona… Read more ›
Monday, July 10, 2017
Strewing is one of the latest techniques used by educators and parents to lure children to learn things that the adults want them to learn at a time of the adult’s choosing. It has become especially popular among “unschooling” homeschoolers.… Read more ›
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 ›
Monday, June 12, 2017
Over the past few months I have noticed, and been fascinated by, the proliferation of “secret worlds”. As I’m an invited guest to these meaningful and sometimes sacred endeavors, I must omit names, locations, and other details, so as not to break… Read more ›