DSM: RE: Boredom

Joe Jackson (shoeless@jazztbone.com)
Thu, 7 Dec 2000 17:05:53 -0500


I would be going out on a really long limb to tell you that Sudbury Model
schools lead to children that are less bored and restless than
conventionally schooled children.

Our two kids have been in a Sudbury environment for 3-4 years now, and
frankly they get along really well 95% of the time, but that just may be
because they just get along really well.

I guess I'm reticent to point to specific outcomes of our schools. However,
there's a really good article on our website called "What Difference Does A
Sudbury Education Make" that does a good job of walking the tightrope. I
think it was written by Fairhaven School cofounder and Staff Member Romey
Pittman. You can read it at:


I think you are wise in your belief that the changes in your kids' behavior
might be related to their schooling - that is certainly a lynchpin to my
commitment to Sudbury Schooling.

Good Luck.

-Joe Jackson
Fairhaven School, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

> One of the reasons that I am researching the Sudbury Model is
> that I am
> extremely dissatisfied with the behavior of my children. After
> they leave their
> traditional school and have free time, they have become extremely
> bored and
> helpless.
> We were not happy as homeschoolers. I think homeschooling
> can be very lonely
> and does not promote equality. I had always envisioned returning
> to work and
> dropping my kids off at school. Deanna (7) and Amanda (5) want
> to go to school and
> learn in a group.
> After having tried this for 3 months now, I have learned that
> with this new
> behavior I am actually able to work less as I am having to
> literally sit in between
> them so that they will not physically abuse each other.
> In my heart I know that this is typical behavior and they
> will not grow out of
> it. I have to accept it or find some Alternative Education.
> Does this seem to be
> an issue with the children enrolled in Sudbury Schools?
> Thank you,
> Susan Jarquin

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