DSM: Monday's segment on Summerhill School

From: sadofsky@mediaone.net
Date: Mon Apr 16 2001 - 22:08:15 EDT

The following is the text of an email sent today to the Margery Eagan and
Jim Braude, whose talk show on Boston's WTKK, FM 96.9 today discussed
Summerhill and Appleton's book, A Free Range Childhood: Summerhill and
the Principle of Self Regulation.

> I heard most of today's segment with Ron Miller and Matthew Appleton
> discussing Summerhill and the existence of schools where children have
> the opportunity to pursue their personal interests free of imposed
> curricula. Unfortunately, I wasn't in a position to call in to your
> show.
> But I do want to make you aware of such a school in the Boston area.
> The Sudbury Valley School (http://www.sudval.org) is an independent
> school that has offered its enrollees just such opportunity every year
> since 1968. Today, some 200+ students between the ages of 4 and 18
> participate and go on to successfully meet the challenges of life.
> Necessarily operating as an independent institution, the school operates
> on a per capita budget that is a small fraction of the costs of public
> schools in the area. Notwithstanding your expressed concern about
> student/staff ratios, our experience has seen a need for a declining
> ratio as enrollment has increased. Freedom to mix with people of all
> ages obviates the need for formalized classes and the structures of the
> classroom.
> I invite you to visit the website and, if you choose, read from the
> significant collection of publications that describe the underlying
> philosophy, practice, and experiences of The Sudbury Valley School and
> its graduates.
> Who knows, perhaps you'll be interested in doing a segment on a
> successful childhood education environment that answers several of the
> objections you raised today.
> Sincerely,
> Michael D. Sadofsky
> President, The Assembly
> The Sudbury Valley School
> 2 Winch Street
> Framingham, MA 01701

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