The underlying message a Sudbury school communicates by holding people responsible is that they are capable: capable of taking care of themselves, of deciding their path, of being an integral and active part of a larger community and helping to shape that community. Sudbury students come to understand that their voice matters and that they can effect change in the world.
Sudbury schools have very high expectations of their students. It is not an easy place to be. There is room to make mistakes but everyone must take responsibilty for their choices. Students have freedom to do as they choose but also the responsibility to respect the freedom and rights of others.