Sunday, June 1, 2014
A new parent, whose child is in a Sudbury School (but not Sudbury Valley) wrote the following message on the discuss-sudbury-model message list. We thought the responses would be interesting for a lot of people. Post #1, from a parent at another… Read more ›
Thursday, May 1, 2014
This article is based on a talk delivered at Sudbury Valley School on January 15, 2013. When I looked at the announcement for this talk, I thought: when this arrives at somebody's home, they're probably going to be a little puzzled. 21st century… Read more ›
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
A recently empty-nested father looks back on the frustrations, foibles, and unexpected outcomes of far-reaching educational decisions made by a young family in its formative years. We never intended, at the beginning, to give our children a… Read more ›
Saturday, March 1, 2014
A reissue of an article published in the March 1993, issue of the Journal. Few concepts have caused us more trouble than "interest" at Sudbury Valley. We use it all the time in our literature and in our daily conversations. It comes up in interviews… Read more ›
Saturday, February 1, 2014
(What Does That Mean Anyway?) Note: I was asked to speak, in a plenary session, at the International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC), in August, in Vancouver, Canada. This article is adapted from that talk. The topic that I was asked to speak… Read more ›
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
This presentation took place at Jerusalem Sudbury School, on April 18, 2013. Every infant is, at birth, a complete person. An inexperienced person, yes; but complete. Each has wants and needs and desires peculiar to him. Some are more comfortable… Read more ›
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Note: This article appeared in the November 25, 2005 issue of the Metrowest Daily News. One of the many things we as Americans can be thankful for in this Thanksgiving season is the diversity which is a hallmark of our society. From the beginning,… Read more ›
Friday, November 1, 2013
"I attend the Sudbury Valley School. . . It is based on the idea that humans are innately curious, and that, when left in charge of their own education, children will learn what they need to naturally." I said this at the beginning of one of what… Read more ›
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Part 1 Reprinted from Creating Extraordinary Organizations, Eletter, Volume 3, Letter 10, 10/14/2005, Welcome to Letter 3-10 of Creating Extraordinary Organizations. In the last letter I looked at the second issue… Read more ›
Monday, July 1, 2013
This is a speech delivered at Sacramento Valley School in August of 2008. Coming to Sacramento Valley School nourishes me and my work as a Sudbury school staff member because it always makes me feel really good that the people in Sacramento Valley… Read more ›
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Amanda Klein, Shawna Lee, Stephanie Sarantos, Nora Wheat, The Clearwater School, Seattle, Washington As a Clearwater parent, I often find myself trying to articulate - even justify - the Clearwater model, and there are times I get stuck. As a member… Read more ›
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
[This paper contains the testimony delivered by State Senator Magnani, then Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, before the Massachusetts Commission on the Common Core of Learning. The Commission was charged with providing guidance for… Read more ›
Monday, April 1, 2013
Prologue Ever since the school was first conceived, we have been searching for a way to express in clear and concise form its essential philosophy and practice. The search has been far-reaching, and has unearthed a wide range of concepts. Those I… Read more ›
Friday, February 1, 2013
After sixteen years at Evergreen Sudbury School in Maine and Fairhaven School in Maryland, I retired in June, 2009. It was time to go and I have exciting plans, but leaving was hard. (And I hope to be back now and then as a sub.) I was tempted to… Read more ›
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
When we started the school in 1968 we knew right from the outset that there is a tremendous chasm between traditional education and what we set out to do. Now you all have a photograph in your chairs and I want you to hang onto it--we'll be… Read more ›
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Jeff Collins and Vanessa Van Burek are Founders and Staff of the Hudson Valley Sudbury School in Woodstock, NY. As we sit in our school’s main lounge, trying to write about the underlying lessons of a Sudbury Education, we often find ourselves “off… Read more ›
Thursday, November 1, 2012
After one has read Free at Last, it is tempting to think that the anecdotal sketches in it are idealized, and that there can be no such school in the real world. However, the school exists, and while attending is not quite a fairy tale existence, it… Read more ›
Saturday, September 1, 2012
A Fortieth Anniversary Celebration, April 5, 20081 Nikole Beckwith, Mark Christianson, Jeannine Bouffard Moore, Greg Richard, and Hal Sadofsky Mimsy Sadofsky, moderator, opened the event. We are going to visit tonight with five alumni, and they're… Read more ›