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

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
Author: 
Foss Tighe

A Sudbury Valley School Glossary

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

Instant Availability Without Continuous Presence

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
Author: 
Hanna Greenberg

To Strew Or Not To Strew?

  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
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Hanna Greenberg

Separation and Transition

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
Author: 
Silvia Beier

Always Exploring

“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
Author: 
Hanna Greenberg

Summer Reading

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
Author: 
Silvia Beier

The Animal Hospital

Part 1 – The Architects Where can insects, rabbits, and snakes go when they’re sick or injured? Two young SVS students not only pondered this problem, they took action. They had a history of creating entire worlds out of sticks, … Continue reading
Author: 
Wendy Lement

The First Casualty

Children are born with one overriding drive. They seek to grow up and to gain mastery over their own lives. Any child who grows up in a wider culture that values freedom is naturally jealous of what s/he feels to … Continue reading
Author: 
Scott

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