Why go to school? For people who like to think through the important questions in life for themselves, Sudbury Valley stands as a challenge to the accepted answers.
The Sudbury Valley School has been in operation for 38 years now, and several other schools around and outside our country (the United States) see our school’s success and are modeling their schools on ours.
How Students at SVS Spend Their Days: Freedom, Flow and Happiness
Authors: Hung Luu
School: Sudbury School Hong Kong
Category: Introductory Article
Many parents in Hong Kong (and in other places) want their children to study at and graduate from a prestigious university.
The fundamental difference between a Sudbury school and any other type of school is the student’s level of responsibility. In a Sudbury school the students are solely responsible for their education, their learning methods, their evaluation and their environment.
In a public school, the state takes responsibility for most aspects of a student’s education including curriculum and evaluation. The student is left with little responsibility except to learn what is taught, how it is taught, in the environment in which it is taught and then to reiterate it back at evaluation time.
After one has read Free at Last, it is tempting to think that the anecdotal sketches in it are idealized, and that there can be no such school in the real world. However, the school exists, and while attending is not quite a fairy tale existence, it is a place where children are very happy. Over the years, many studies have been done of the graduates of Sudbury Valley School to see whether an environment that is beautiful for childhood can also be a beautiful beginning for adult life. Any doubts should be put to rest by a new study, the result of in-depth interviews about the quality of their lives with former students who had spent many years in the school. The study was published by Sudbury Valley School Press in 2005 in the book The Pursuit of Happiness, by Daniel Greenberg, Mimsy Sadofsky and Jason Lempka.
“Where do you work?”
“At Sudbury Valley School.”
“What do you do?”
Somewhere I read this quote by Lotte Bailin:
“Instant availability without continuous presence is the best role a mother could play.”
Authors: Michael Greenberg
School: Sudbury Valley School
Category: Age Mixing
Have you ever noticed the uniqueness of the way that sports are played at SVS?
The experience is a beautiful one which brings out most of the noble characteristics which a person can possess. It also illustrates a point about language and the SVS experience that is worth thinking about; for, although we give our activities at the school the same names as activities that take place elsewhere (for instance, “soccer games” or “history class”), what is actually happening during those activities at school is so fundamentally different from what happens elsewhere that the name becomes misleading. This is why it seems impossible, at times, to explain the school to people who haven’t actually seen it.