Re: What is a Sudbury School?

Joe Jackson (shoeless@erols.com)
Sat, 17 Jan 1998 08:47:16 -0500

Bill-

I recommend you visit the web site of the original Sudbury
Valley School at http://www.sudval.org . It contains some
information about the model, and from there I recommend
going to their press list and ordering "Free At Last" or "The
Sudbury Valley School Experience".

Joe Jackson
shoeless@erols.com

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> From: Bill Mesrobian <billme@ma.ultranet.com>
> To: discuss-sudbury-model@world.std.com;
discuss-sudbury-model@world.std.com
> Subject: What is a Sudbury School?
> Date: Saturday, January 17, 1998 12:56 AM
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> I am new to this list. In the past few months, I've come to realize
> that I have a bright child (age 5). I had been led to believe that
> the public school system "knows best". I was wrong.
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> Three events changed my mind:
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> 1. My son was eager to start school. After 2 months, he dreaded it.
> He was bored.
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> 2. I knew my son was bright, but I didn't appreciate how bright, nor
> did I appreciate how far scholastic standards had fallen. I asked
> the school to test my son and only an incomplete test was run.
> The reason given was that he lacked any disability. This made me
> wonder by what standards a decent education might be measured.
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> 3. I independently had him take the California Achievement Test at the
> 2nd grade level. My son was in the 99th percentile.
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> I have little faith that the public school system will be adequate
> to my son's needs. I'm now looking at private schools as well as any
> other programs that might help maintain his intellectual curiosity.
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> Can someone help me understand what a Sudbury School is? I'm
> gathering information as best I can and haven't found an affordable
> private school that offers a good environment.
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> I'd appreciate hearing from any of you on this topic.
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> Thank you,
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> Bill
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