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Blog post | Monday, February 3, 2014
Hanging the photo exhibit on Friday, January 24th proved to be an exhilarating experience for me. It goes without saying that the photos are varied in their subjects, beautiful and interesting. What else would one expect from kids at SVS? They are… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, January 27, 2014
Maybe my memory is foggy but never do I remember the ice on our pond being as perfect as it was the week of January 6. On Tuesday, we were all, young and old, stuck inside as the “polar vortex” kept the wind chill dangerous. The next day was still… Read more ›
Blog post | Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Not so many of us are here at 8:30. Just enough for a gentle but lively start to the day. But when I retreat to the office to pick up some tasks from the day before, or tackle some new ones, there is Dana playing magically on the piano. Kyle, Hanna… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, December 2, 2013
I often ask myself why I am so enamored of the December ritual of making gingerbread houses (and trees) at Sudbury Valley. It is a big deal! Everyone has to put a lot of work into it. Not everyone in the school, but a much wider cross-section than… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, November 11, 2013
Human beings love to name things. A name serves as a convenient shorthand, identifying something without going into a long description. Some names aren’t obviously connected to what they name: “My doll’s name is Joseph.” Some are: “This room is the… Read more ›
Blog post | Tuesday, October 15, 2013
The Dance Room is a large room with lots of wall space and windows. It looks and sounds rather cavernous. However, when the walls are used as an exhibition space for the art created at school, the room is transformed and becomes a delightful place.… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, September 9, 2013
Sudbury Valley is an incredible place. Literally so, in that many people just don’t believe that any school could be so pleasant and well-functioning. At least not until they have seen us in action. The aspect of our culture that surprises and… Read more ›
Blog post | Tuesday, September 3, 2013
This week's post was written by Hanna Greenberg. Friday is my day off, but I had to see somebody at school, so I went there at about noon. I came upon a magnificent scene: two tables were set up for tie dying on a large patch of grass, and about a… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, July 29, 2013
Last May, I visited the Fairhaven School to be a part of their Diploma Committee. So, I missed most of two days of school here at SVS. No matter how many times I go away, I'm never prepared for how it will feel when I return.  In the abstract,… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, July 15, 2013
I am always amazed at how many high school graduates have little or no idea of how everyday personal banking works. I mean, simple things like personal checking accounts. I know I didn’t. Well, that’s not the case with Sudbury Valley kids. Without… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, July 1, 2013
When I was a kid, getting to school meant walking (a few miles, uphill both ways) or riding the bus (noisy, crowded, and filled with torment). And the worst part was that I had to endure these hardships to get to a place that I hated. Sudbury Valley… Read more ›
Blog post | Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Most educators profess, as one of their goals, a desire to change the world. This has been trumpeted as a goal of educators for hundreds or even thousands of years, and is virtually a defining goal of modern education. The very words “change the… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, May 13, 2013
Ever since my older kids started at Sudbury Valley, I have faced the challenge of talking to “outsiders” about the school.  Most people tend to be relatively polite and merely give me a quizzical look when I talk about how the school works.… Read more ›