Suggested Readings and Viewings from The Sudbury Learning Community
Articles, Sites, and Videos to start your Sudbury learning process
TeacherTV Sudbury segment:
Wrapping Your Brain Around the Model
Pittman, Romey. “OK, So You’re Sort of Like…”http://www.fairhavenschool.com/ok-so-youre-sort-of-like/
A comparison of Sudbury to other philosophies of education: Montessori, Waldorf, Progressive, Homeschooling, Student Governments in Traditional Schools.
Circle School. “A Guided Introduction”
A brief, illustrated introduction to the concepts of the child’s journey to independent adulthood, governance and the school meeting, age-mixing, freedom and responsibility, and more.
Sudbury Valley School. “About SVS”
Discusses the model, how the school operates (includes videos on the School Meeting and Judicial Committee), quotes from alumni, and an FAQ, also links to many insightful articles.
What Parents Have to Say
Agner, Mary. “From a Parent’s Eye”
Discusses her sons’ experiences at Fairhaven School in comparison to her own growth and maturity during college.
Testimonials from Parents, Staff and Alumni of Fairhaven School
The why, how, and amazing impact on children’s lives.
Various authors. Sudbury Valley School. “Parents and School”
Includes quotes from parents of SVS students, why tutoring outside of Sudbury hurts the student and school culture.
JeckerByrne, Nina.” Why I Chose Sudbury.”
Philosophical reasons for choosing Sudbury, and challenging her own beliefs.
The End Product: Stories from Alumni
Various authors. Sudbury Valley School. “Alumni”
How alumni adapt to college, jobs, and life.
What a Sudbury School Looks Like
Sudbury Valley School. Photos and Videos, including alumni presentations.
Fairhaven School. Documentary Trailer (2005).
Graner, Henning and Martin Wielke. Sudbury Schools Documentary. (2005)
Covers several schools, parents, video games, conflict resolution, what staff do, learning.
What the Wider World is Saying about Education Reform
Gray, Peter. “Children Education Themselves IV: Lessons from Sudbury Valley.”Psychology Today, Freedom to Learn: The roles of play and curiosity as foundations of learning. (2008).http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/200808/children-educate-themselves-iv-lessons-sudbury-valley
Godin, Seth. Stop Stealing Dreams, an education manifesto. (2012). TEDx talk:
Text of manifesto: http://www.squidoo.com/stop-stealing-dreams
What is school for? The future of education and what we can do about it. Part 34. Reponsibility mentions Sudbury.
Robinson, Sir Ken.
TED talk: http://sirkenrobinson.com/
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