What does “organic learning” look like?

Curiosity plus random connections, conversation and the time and space to explore—this is organic learning indeed, the ordinary miracle we see every day at Sudbury schools.

Growing Sunset

“What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

I was driving my daughter to school one morning when we stopped at a traffic light right next to a truck with a bed full of small tanks. “What are those Mommy?” asked my 6-year-old. “I think those tanks contain some sort of gas,” I replied.

Pause. “What’s a gas?”

“Well, a gas is kind of like air. It’s not a liquid like water or juice and it’s not a solid like ice or this steering wheel.”

“What’s it used for?”

“Well, for lots of things. That lady at Party City filled our balloons with helium gas to make them float up and our bodies use oxygen from the air we breathe.”

“Ooh. I know where oxygen comes from!”

“Where?”

“Trees!”

“That’s right.”

Pause. “Mom, how do…

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