Over approximately seven months in 2009, I posted a dozen entries as a guest blogger for Change.org. This content has since been taken down, but I am in the process of reposting my old entries here.
In August 2011 I contributed a guest post to the popular unschooling blog, “I’m Unschooled. Yes, I Can Write.” Check out “Sudbury: the Unschooling Schools” and the very lively comment thread it sparked.
Sudbury Valley School pioneered this innovative model of education. Located near Boston, they’ve been on continuous operation since 1968.
Here are a number of YouTube videos regarding the Sudbury model:
Focus and Intensity is an incredible glimpse into what a Sudbury education looks and sounds like, full of insights from current and former students.
The Judicial Committee is an integral part of life at Sudbury schools. (YouTube has videos on the Sudbury Valley and Fairhaven School JCs.) Here, students explain its function and importance. A similar approach sheds light on the chief governing body of a Sudbury school, the School Meeting.
Alumni are easily the best spokespersons for this model. Watch videos of alumni panels from 2008 and1993, featuring people who graduated as far back as 1972.
The Facebook page Sudbury Moments offers a host of quotes, images, and other testimonials taken straight from daily life at various Sudbury schools.
Liberating Kids has a Facebook page and a home at blogtalkradio where you can stream or download their shows promoting “True Power and Freedom for young people of all ages to define and LIVE their lives NOW.”
Freedom to Learn is the name of Dr. Peter Gray’s blog on the Psychology Today website. Dr. Gray explores “the roles of play and curiosity as foundations for learning” in a series of thoughtful posts dating back to 2008.
Finally, here a few of my favorite Sudbury-related blogs:
Concerned with “the practice of authenticity and self-direction in learning,” School It Yourself is maintained by Abbe Vogels of Rising Tide School in Olympia, WA.
As a founder and alumnus of Sudbury Jerusalem, Michael Sappir offers an important and valuable perspective in his blog, Did You Learn Anything?