Essays

Sunday, April 1, 2018
The Pursuit of Excellence and Democratic Schools   One of the key problems every democratic system must work out for itself is the relationship between the individual and the community. Democracy, taken in its unembellished form as a system of… Read more ›
Thursday, March 1, 2018
What Do People Learn at Sudbury Valley? A New Look at Learning               At the Sudbury Valley School, we have encountered a new version of the old story of the parent-child… Read more ›
Thursday, February 1, 2018
A Conversation about SVS between Lenore Skenazy and Daniel Greenberg   Note: This interview took place on the Genesis Communication Network, on the             Dr. Katherine Albrecht… Read more ›
Monday, January 1, 2018
“Unother Radiateing Glow”   Note: The author is a staff member at Diablo Valley School, in Concord, CA.               When I first applied to graduate school in education six and… Read more ›
Friday, December 1, 2017
Developing Each Child’s Unique Destiny: Age Mixing, Positive and Negative Role Models, and Personal Independence1       We always felt that Sudbury Valley was the best place to develop each child’s unique potential to the… Read more ›
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Banishing Fear: A New Look, Two Decades Later   In 1992, I wrote an essay under the title “Banishing Fear”. Since I wrote that, there has been a tragic resurgence of fear permeating western culture, a resurgence that has had… Read more ›
Sunday, October 1, 2017
“The Exhausted School” Carnegie Hall November 13, 1991             Sudbury Valley featured at Carnegie Hall! Those of us who were able to go to the event sponsored by John Taylor Gatto and the… Read more ›
Friday, September 1, 2017
Banishing Fear Some unrelated problems that are linked after all               I don’t know why this came together for me just now, but it did. Everything simply fell into place on… Read more ›
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
The Reality of Sudbury Valley School   I                 From the beginning, the goal of Sudbury Valley was to embed children in the culture of the society into which they… Read more ›
Saturday, July 1, 2017
The Human Condition: What it Tells us About How Children Get “Educated”             What are the features that we all, as human beings, share, and that are key to understanding how we… Read more ›
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Outcomes             Since the beginning I have been wondering about the kinds of people the graduates of Sudbury Valley School would turn out to be. More to the point, I wondered what… Read more ›
Monday, May 1, 2017
The Pursuit of Happiness             First published in vol. 44 of the Sudbury Valley School Journal, Spring, 2015.             … Read more ›
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Musings on a Sudbury Education             I’ve been going through the material in the starter package [SVS’ School Planning Kit] and it has led me into a process that I did not expect.… Read more ›
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Standards             There is a great deal of talk these days about maintaining, or raising, standards in our schools. The prevailing notion seems to be that children tend to be slackers,… Read more ›
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
The Results of Freedom             The following is a speech (very slightly edited) delivered on June 29, 1993, to a public meeting sponsored by a group founding a school, Timpanogos… Read more ›
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Play             In general, play has gotten a bad press in Western society. It is considered to be the activity that is least useful economically, socially, even ethically. It is… Read more ›
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Sudbury Valley   Having personally experienced both public schools and Sudbury Valley, I would like to express a few of the reasons why I think that Sudbury was the right choice for me, and why I think that the public schools are harming today’… Read more ›
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Curiosity, Self-Respect and Learning1   I would like to begin by making a few distinctions. There are two general kinds of learning. One is the spontaneous, self-initiated learning that we all do all the time. It’s the learning that’s part of… Read more ›