Underlying Ideas

A Fish out of the Hudson - A Sudbury Student goes to India

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You can imagine my excitement when I was invited to speak at The Association of Internation Schools of India (TAISI), the education conference for private schools of India taking place in Goa.

I would get to go to a country halfway across the world on a continent I’d never been to.

I would get to share my views at a conference in a country that’s known to have rigorous views on education.

I was in Germany when I got the invitation email at 1 am. I texted my mom immediately and resisted the urge to wake my brother up and tell him. I was thrilled! I started thinking about what I was going to say. What the goal for my talk would be. I knew I wanted my audience to see my school like I see it. I also wanted them to see there is more than one effective form of education.

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A New Year Message

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Hanna Greenberg
Menachem Goren is a founding staff member at Kanaf, in Golan Heights, Jerusalem. This is his New Years address to his community. Continue reading

The Elephant in the Room

Recently, Sudbury hosted an open house for prospective families to come and see what we are all about. In addition to the tours of our beautiful school, there was a panel comprised of several students, parents, and a recent graduate. The faces of the prospective Sudbury parents were characterized by that mixture of wonder, eagerness, curiosity, doubt, and pure terror that so many of us are used to encountering when we share our stories out there in “the real world.” (The element of anger, a surprisingly common response, was thankfully absent. These were, after all, families that had sought us out.) I was not on the panel, but at a certain point I felt compelled to say something about the elephant in the room.

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Lost Over the Summer

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Foss Tighe
Summer vacation is over and on the way to school I make my now predictable joke. “Did you complete your assigned summer reading? How about that social studies diorama for Danny?” My kids smile and roll their eyes. My mind … Continue reading

A Sudbury Valley School Glossary

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Scott
Scott creates a glossary for words commonly used to describe Sudbury Valley School. Continue reading

Instant Availability Without Continuous Presence

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Hanna Greenberg
This blog was originally published as an article in our journal, May 1, 1994. Somewhere I read this quote by Lotte Bailin: “Instant availability without continuous presence is the best role a mother could play.” A lovely quote, I thought, … Continue reading

To Strew Or Not To Strew?

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Hanna Greenberg
  Strewing is one of the latest techniques used by educators and parents to lure children to learn things that the adults want them to learn at a time of the adult’s choosing. It has become especially popular among “unschooling” … Continue reading

Separation and Transition

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Silvia Beier
There was a Separation and Transition Workshop for parents at my son’s college orientation that I went to, and I don’t regret going, even though I thought I would. Convinced that the last thing my SVS educated son needed on … Continue reading

Always Exploring

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Hanna Greenberg
“It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how,” said The Cat In the Hat. It seems to me that Dr. Seuss, who obviously understood children, nevertheless, like most adults, was blind to the ability of kids to … Continue reading

Summer Reading

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Silvia Beier
Through a series of coincidences involving shelving books at school, I recently found myself spending a weekend reading through Cynthia Voigt’s “young adult” cycle of books about the Tillerman family, starting with volume number two called Dicey’s Song. I haven’t … Continue reading

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