What is a Sudbury School?

Bill Mesrobian (billme@ma.ultranet.com)
Sat, 17 Jan 1998 00:56:55 -0500 (EST)

I am new to this list. In the past few months, I've come to realize
that I have a bright child (age 5). I had been led to believe that
the public school system "knows best". I was wrong.

Three events changed my mind:

1. My son was eager to start school. After 2 months, he dreaded it.
He was bored.

2. I knew my son was bright, but I didn't appreciate how bright, nor
did I appreciate how far scholastic standards had fallen. I asked
the school to test my son and only an incomplete test was run.
The reason given was that he lacked any disability. This made me
wonder by what standards a decent education might be measured.

3. I independently had him take the California Achievement Test at the
2nd grade level. My son was in the 99th percentile.

I have little faith that the public school system will be adequate
to my son's needs. I'm now looking at private schools as well as any
other programs that might help maintain his intellectual curiosity.

Can someone help me understand what a Sudbury School is? I'm
gathering information as best I can and haven't found an affordable
private school that offers a good environment.

I'd appreciate hearing from any of you on this topic.

Thank you,