Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] educational philosophy of Rebecca Wild vs. Sudbury

From: Mike Sadofsky <>
Date: Mon Jan 13 11:37:00 2003

The Pestalozzi Experiment was mentioned to me by several people in my
recent visit to Sudbury model schools and interest groups in Europe.
Rebecca Wild has written a book, Raising Curious Kids: The Pestalozzi
Experiment in Child-Based Education. Published by Shambhala in 2000,
the book is available from in English.
I haven't yet had the opportunity to read it.


On Mon, 13 Jan 2003 17:47:29 +0200, "David Rovner"
<> wrote:

>I couldn't find any information on Rebecca and Mauricio Wild's School
>"Pesta" in Ecuador -- did you?
>~ David
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Martin Wilke" <>
>To: "Discuss Sudbury Model" <>
>Sent: Sunday, January 12, 2003 1:37 PM
>Subject: [Discuss-sudbury-model] educational philosophy of Rebecca Wild vs.
>> Hi there,
>> in the text "OK, so you're sort of like ..." by Romey Pittman, the
>> Sudbury model is compared with Montessori, Waldorf, progressive schools,
>> homeschooling and student governments.
>> During the last two years, many people that approached me or the Berlin
>> Sudbury start-up group, said that (before finding Sudbury) they had read
>> a lot about Rebeca and Mauricio Wild's School "Pesta" in Ecuador, and
>> that that school and Sudbury appear to have much in common. So maybe one
>> could add a new section to the above mentioned text.
>> What both models seem to have in common, is that
>> - children are not forced to learn
>> - free play is regarded as something valuable
>> - doing "nothing" is OK
>> - there are no fixed classes
>> - there is age mixing
>> significant differences seem to be:
>> - adults reserve some power to determine basic rules and what material
>> is available in school (prepared environment)
>> - adults restrict children's activities if the adults think those
>> activities are not yet appropriate for that child.
>> - there is some special material like in Montessori schools
>> - they actively offer group activities
>> Does anyone know more differences between the Wild and Sudbury models?
>> Martin Wilke
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