Re: Comparing the Sudbury Model

Juanita Heyerman (
Mon, 7 Apr 1997 12:40:56 -0500

Hanna, thanks much for you posting. It is helping me to clarify some
thoughts that I have had for a long time re unschooling, which is what we
do. I have worried for a while now that being at home with us, and having
educational freedom (we don't impose any curriculum of any kind on the
boys) may not be enough; yes, there are classes and clubs, etc., but not
only do our kids not have much interest in them, but they generally involve
the same kind of adult-telling-the-kids-what-to-do type setting that we are
looking to avoid by keeping the kids out of school. At this point I don't
see any acceptable alternative to unschooling, but we are working on a
co-housing neighborhood, and I think this may very well be a good "outside
the family community" for kids to live and learn.


>Dear Coby.
>I liked your posting about SVS type schools vs unschooling. I also think
>that no matter how democratic a family is it is a too small unit for children
>to grow up in. I believe that they need an "outside the family community" to
>belong to as well as to the family. The old villages in the non-western
>world provided just that and here in the west we are obliged to create a
>psuedo village for them and call it a school. The children get to belong to
>a family and to a community which hopefully is in harmony with the family but
>which is separate from them. It provides kids for a place of their own to
>make relationships, to observe people of all ages, to learn skills that are
>not the family's skills such as carpentry or putting on make-up ( skills that
>my children enjoyed acquiring in the school), and above all it is a place in
>which they can make mistakes in privacy from their parents. (staff kids
>don't get the latter and it's really bad for them).
>Hanna from SVS