Re: DSM: Sudbury: philosophy or model?

Mike Sadofsky (
Wed, 28 Mar 2001 20:29:10 -0500

Hi Patrick,

Sudbury is both a philosophy and a practice.
It has little in common with Montessori or Waldorf or mainstream
schooling. In my concept it is a community that offers kids the
opportunity to develop as people.

One attempt to contrast Sudbury with other schools appears on
Look at the paper "OK, So Your Sort of Like ..."
And read the papers available at
You'll find a wealth of material is available that describes the
thinking behind the Sudbury model as well as the practical aspects of
learning and developing in a Sudbury model school.

Good luck,
On Wed, 28 Mar 2001 19:57:43 -0500, you wrote:

>Hey all ... I just subscribed, but this seems like a pretty freeform and
>inviting place. :-)
>I'm in my sophomore year at The Ohio State University, a sprawling,
>50,000-student strong citadel of bureaucracy. I have over 100 credit hours
>under my belt, of which *maybe* 15 were useful. My twelve years in private
>schools didn't leave me with a much better taste in my mouth, though. I've
>been looking for advocates of sensible alternatives to the mainstream for
>many years, and only recently have I come across unschooling / deschooling
>/ truly "alternative" educational practices.
>Now I'm trying to sort them out. :-) Near as I can tell, Sudbury schooling
>is more of a philosophy than a practice. That is, the line between Sudbury
>and non-Sudbury is unclear, more a matter of how a community approaches
>education than a set of ways of doing things. Is this correct? How, if at
>all, would one differentiate Montessori, Waldorf, and Sudbury-model
>schools? I would like to get heavily involved when I graduate (or maybe
>before) in alternative schooling, quite possibly as a career, but I'm not
>sure what's what. Are the differences between these models a matter of
>degree, of different philosophies, or what? Or is it all just different
>names for one united front?
>Patrick Quealy

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