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Monday, April 8, 2019
This is a tough question. SVS lacks the more traditional ways of bench marking a child’s progress through school. There are no parent-teacher conferences, no grades, no MCAS scores, no curriculum, no classes and no grade point averages. There is… Read more ›
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 ›
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 ›
Monday, February 25, 2019
In the car on the way home from the Maynard Fine Arts Theater on Saturday, January 26, Danny and I were elated.   We had just seen the movie “Drowning in Pennsylvania”, which was written, produced and acted by Sudbury Valley students and alums.… Read more ›
Monday, February 11, 2019
During this holiday season, my daughter gave each of her SVS friends pillow cases. Using a fabric marker, each pillow case was emblazoned with a block of text. Then each pillow case was rolled up like a scroll and tied with a ribbon. The result… Read more ›
Monday, January 28, 2019
Originally appeared in the June Journal of 1992, Volume 21 After so many years of explaining the philosophy of SVS I occasionally get tired. Tired of the same old questions which show me over and over again how difficult it is for people to… Read more ›
Monday, January 14, 2019
A couple of months ago, one of my good friends told me of an interactive exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art. William Forsythe, a ballet choreographer, created rooms where a person’s own body movements were the subject.   I immediately felt… Read more ›
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 ›
Monday, December 17, 2018
It isn't always easy to take the road less traveled. When my daughter first started attending Sudbury Valley School, she was five-years-old. Parents, friends and colleagues didn’t understand the school when I told them about it. Their questions… Read more ›
Monday, December 3, 2018
It is odd but true that the things we most value in our lives are things which are hard to quantify but easy to feel. We all want our epitaphs to say that we were good and decent folk, not that we were rich and thin and got all A's in school. So… Read more ›
Monday, November 19, 2018
We live in a country which is governed on the principle of individual liberty, where people have been able to grow up in a way that fosters imagination and inventiveness. This idea of the sovereignty of the individual underlies the transformation… Read more ›
Monday, November 5, 2018
A broken leg is no fun. However, since at SVS almost any new situation can become a window into what is going on in the minds of the kids, my broken leg led to many unexpected insights for me. My mobility was seriously curtailed by my inability… Read more ›
Monday, October 22, 2018
(Part 1 in The Living Water School School's “Transparency” Series)  It is late.  I have just fed my dogs. Everyone is asleep and like most nights, I am the last one up and I’m usually thinking about the school.  Tonight, I am thinking on… Read more ›
Monday, October 8, 2018
People always say the J.C. is the heart of the school. They’re right. It’s the way our school handles misdeeds or wrong doings on a daily basis. It’s one of the reasons it’s so enjoyable to go to school here and to work here. There isn’t one… Read more ›
Monday, September 24, 2018
Fifty years of working to keep SVS alive and vital is my personal equivalent of summitting K2 the toughest mountain on earth. Warning! Unlike most of my writing, which dwells on the joy and optimism of daily life at SVS, I am going to go to the… Read more ›