Re: Comparing the Sudbury Model

Anne Evans (
Sun, 06 Apr 1997 13:12:19 +0000

I think you are assuming, Hanna, that the unschooled or home schooled
child has no community other than its family - lives in total
isolation from any other community.
Most unschooled or home schooled children indeed belong to very
vibrant, reflective, nurturing communities other than school or
family. They may even belong to more than one other community and
often these are communities of their own choice. For instance, a girl
I know who developed a passion for astronomy chose a community of like
minded adults whose passion she shared and was treated in every way as
a full fledged member of the community because of their shared passion
which her parents did not share, yet supported by allowing her to go
off and find her own community of interest.
Unschooled or home schooled children often in fact have the edge here
because they can go out and find their own communities. Although I
have used as an example a child who found a community amongst adults,
I do not believe these greater communities are necessarily composed
completely or even always by virtue of numbers, of adults. Consider
the home schooler whose passion was ballet and who found himself a
full member of the local ballet school, where children his own age
hung out.