e were so busy. We picked hard things to do most of the time. Everything was always, 'You have got to get one step further.' It was never stagnant. Everything was a challenge.
he bulk of what you learn at Sudbury Valley is life. You learn how to deal with people and how to get things done and how to organize all the things you learn. Some of it you learn from seeing adults do it, or participating with adults. But most of what you learn, you learn from the other kids, and it has to do with life – how you live and how things happen. We learned it together.
e had our own world. We were solid in our own world. It was a world of children.
atmosphere was a mixture of everything. You could walk around the school
and find somebody baking cakes, or having a heated argument, or talking
about Hinduism, or making modifications on the barn. You could go sit
in the sun or you could go sit in the sewing room.
believe that everything you do helps everything else you do, because if you're doing one hard thing, it's not that different from doing another hard thing. It may take different physical skills, or maybe different mental habits, but it takes the same kind of concentration and requires the same kind of thinking.
he school gave me the gift of time to let my own interests rise to the surface. When you sit down to paint, you don't just sit and paint. You have to think about what you're doing and why. Any creative effort, perhaps any effort at all, requires a great deal of thought, even reading a book. You don't just read a book. You think about what you read. Otherwise you're doing it for nothing. The school gave us the gift of time to relax, to have those things come to the surface that were there; it gave us the time for reflection, for the introspection that you need to really develop your own creativity.
chool was something I looked forward to every day.