Not responsible, dependant and closed-minded

This is brilliant, I don’t need to say more but this is the sort of school I would have absolutely thrived in, who wouldn’t, really? I’ve been student and I’ve been a teacher and school is really not at all optimised for learning the way that human beings learn. If that’s so fundamentally clear… then we have to ask ourselves why are we fighting with an education system that is so far removed from honouring our children, honouring life and honouring real learning?

I mean, rote learning, sitting on a desk and repetitively copying and memorising from the black board, or even computer screens, doesn’t matter, come on! Does anyone know any person who is an expert in anything that got that way from doing disconnected mindless memorisation tasks? People learn when they need to solve a problem that directly relates to them, or when they are inspired and passionate about something. This is how we become self responsible and independent free thinking people. The alternative… well the opposite is – not responsible, dependant and close minded. Doesn’t sound very beneficial, does it?

I loved many things about teaching, I loved helping kids make music and art and seeing them interested and passionate about something… but as a student and then again as a teacher I hated the school system from pretty much the day I entered into it. Funny that!

Just watch. I guess I’ll be writing something about this in the near future, but for now suggest looking at this. Thanks to Melinda, who sent me this info… Awesome!! (contact her here: https://www.facebook.com/SudburySchoolInSydney)

More info:

– Sudbury Valley School website: http://www.sudval.org
Sudbury Valley School Press: http://sudburypress.com/
– Sudbury Valley youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/SudburyValley
Daniel Greenberg and SVS in documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91TfXsmW_aA
– Daniel Greenberg on The O’Reilly Factor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUl86pVLj4Q&feature=related
– Russell Ackoff and Daniel Greenberg on their book ‘Turning Learning Right Side Up’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_6We74dYxs&feature=channel&list=UL
– Documentary interviewing staff, students and parents of Sudbury schools worldwide: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7XNx5G0mPU&list=UUkqkMHnQxiSyUheiBx2WnTA&index=10&feature=plcp
– Documentary on Fairhaven School: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL07664D50ED360355&feature=viewall
– Fairhaven youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=U-MALv64NsM#!
– Fairhaven co-founder compares Sudbury model to others: http://www.fairhavenschool.com/about/articles/ok-so-youre-sort-of-like
– Sunset Sudbury School on NBC News: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlQ6nmnZV8A&feature=related
– Sudbury education in the Netherlands: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWncBvtwBrU&feature=related
– Blog by developemental psychologist and supporter of the Sudbury model, Peter Gray: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn
– Compilation of tv programs featuring SVS: http://www.veoh.com/watch/v34958783G9kFG7Q?h1=Sudbury+Valley+School+on+Television
– 7:30 Report on the Booroobin Sudbury School in QLD Australia: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2003/s953098.htm
– Discuss Sudbury Model (Google groups): https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/discuss-sudbury-model

– Educational Existentialism and the Sudbury Valley School
Rosenberg, Arnold J.
Educational Leadership, 1973, Vol.30(5), p.479-81

– Democratic Schooling: Means or End? Resolving the Ambiguity
Author(s): David Chanoff
Reviewed work(s):
Source: The High School Journal, Vol. 64, No. 4 (Jan., 1981), pp. 170-175
Published by: University of North Carolina Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40365850 .

http://jab.sagepub.com/content/9/2-3/261
The online version of this article can be found at:
DOI: 10.1177/002188637300900211
1973 9: 261
Journal of Applied Behavioral Science
Joan Chesler
Innovative Governance Structures in Secondary Schools

– International Developments and the Rise of Education for Democracy.
Harber, Clive
Compare, 27(2), 179

– Playing in the Zone of Proximal Development: Qualities of Self‐Directed Age Mixing between
Adolescents and Young Children at a Democratic School
Author(s): Peter Gray and Jay Feldman
Reviewed work(s):
Source: American Journal of Education, Vol. 110, No. 2 (February 2004), pp. 108-146
Published by: The University of Chicago Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/380572 .

– Democratic Schooling: What Happens to Young People Who Have Charge of Their Own
Education?
Author(s): Peter Gray and David Chanoff
Source: American Journal of Education, Vol. 94, No. 2 (Feb., 1986), pp. 182-213
Published by: The University of Chicago Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1084948

– When Play Is Learning: A School Designed for Self-Directed Education
Author(s): Peter Gray and David Chanoff
Reviewed work(s):
Source: The Phi Delta Kappan, Vol. 65, No. 9 (May, 1984), pp. 608-611
Published by: Phi Delta Kappa International
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20387146 .

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