Almost weekly, we receive links to stories and blog entries worldwide that align with what we do at Fairhaven School. Evermore, we get the sense that employers and universities are coming to understand, just as we do here, that traits of individuals matter more than their grades. Take a look at this article from venerable New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — LAST June, in an interview with Adam Bryant of The Times, Laszlo Bock, the senior vice president of people operations for Google — i.e., the guy in charge of hiring for one of the world’s most successful companies — noted that Google had determined that “G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless. … We found that they don’t predict anything.” Read more
Fairhaven School: the leading edge of twenty-first century education.
Last spring, Fairhaven School conducted its first Indiegogo campaign, raising over three thousand dollars! Here is a short video clip showing our new windows and offering thanks. Look for news on other building upgrades in the near future!
Fairhaven School Meeting
Sometimes, people find Fairhaven School and wonder where we came up with the idea for such a unique school. In response, we tell them we are a Sudbury school, named after Sudbury Valley School, a visionary place that has been providing freedom and responsibility to young people in Framingham, Massachusetts since 1968. Hot off the presses, here is a late holiday gift: an excellent feature article about the school that has inspired and supported Fairhaven School for all of our fifteen years. Enjoy!
Sudbury Valley School Press also has a wonderful online bookstore that features reams of both digital and printed material to foster an understanding of the leading edge of education, and we encourage our readers to explore SVS in all its glory.
(As we continue our series of posts celebrating fifteen years as a school, here’s one from staff member and parent Beth Williams. Enjoy!)
This collage is from Fairhaven School’s recent participation in the worldwide Inside/Out project. Many students, staff, parents and alumni joined! Follow this link to see a gallery of photos from the remarkable collaboration. Below is the group action statement we provided to the project organizers to describe Fairhaven School:
Fairhaven School is celebrating its 15th Anniversary. Every summer, our students, ages 4-19, count the days to come back to school instead of counting the days until school lets out!
ð As Maryland’s first Sudbury school, we believe education can look different! Without tests, grades, or standardized curriculum, students pursue their own educational paths. Students also run the school, sharing equal votes under a democratic framework.
ð We promote self-directed learning.
ð We acknowledge that children need time and space to figure out who they are and what they want to become.
ð We trust that they will do just that, with adult support but without unnecessary adult intervention.
ð Graduates of Fairhaven School are succeeding in a wide variety of colleges and careers.
We want the world to know that education can successfully happen in a different paradigm.
Inspired by the Inside/Out project, we created our own collaborative artwork as a way to dedicate the new Circle Garden. After collecting from School Meeting members what single word best described Fairhaven School, we sifted flour stencils, creating our own impermanent word cloud.
December, 2013... Read More
There’s a saying: when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. The 15 year anniversary was wonderful. We had planned to do s’mores by the fire, but the weather was not so conducive. Anyway, we had boxes of graham crackers left over. It being the holiday season there was talk of gingerbread houses. This is what came of that.