[Discuss-sudbury-model] Sudbury former students

From: David Rovner <rovners_at_netvision.net.il>
Date: Thu Feb 27 10:31:00 2003

". . . We have already noted that there is no way for this or any similar
study to provide a definite answer to the question of how a Sudbury Valley
education influences the future course of a student's life. But it is
possible to answer the more limited question we set at the beginning: does a
person's attendance at Sudbury Valley, whether for a short or long time,
have an adverse affect on the options available to that person? The data
presented in the study leaves no doubt that the answer is "No": former
students at Sudbury Valley enjoy, at the very least, the full range of life
choices available to every other group of young people going out into the

And they enjoy a childhood of freedom, respect, and trust."

[Legacy of Trust -- Life After the Sudbury Valley School Experience, pg.

~ David

----- Original Message -----
From: "Heidi Crane" <bunsofaluminum60_at_hotmail.com>
To: <discuss-sudbury-model_at_sudval.org>
Sent: Thursday, February 27, 2003 3:31 PM
Subject: RE: [Discuss-sudbury-model] sudbury/summerhill

> >That's what fuels my rant about being unable to measure the Sudbury
> >culture, because the only way to combat the reasons people come up with
> >(that it won't work) is to present measures of outcomes and results. To
> >find conclusivity and cause between the methods (the overall culture)
> >and the outcomes (changes in behavior, increased aptitude and ability,
> >whatever)
> Well, what about "Here are 300 Sudbury grads, and 300 public school grads,
> and it's 10 years later." It would be more of a survey, comparing totally
> subjective criteria such as, "on a 1-10 scale rate your stress level,
> satisfaction at work level, self-confidence level, etc" rating different
> facets of success, including but NOT LIMITED TO more typical "success"
> criteria such as income and lifestyle.
> If what Sudbury says is true, that people who have been given freedom of
> choice throughout their whole lives, come to adulthood better rounded,
> confident, sure of themselves...KNOWING themselves better...then in 10
> years, the Sudbury grads are going to come out in that completely
> survey, looking mighty different from the public school grads. Then, the
> survey-takers could look at that soft data and say "hmmm, Sudbury grads
> happier, aren't they? More competent, more self-assured." and Sudbury
> say "We don't know just exactly what it is, because who can separate the
> facets of our culture? But, there is a difference. Sudbury is doing
> something right, compared with the system as is."
> even if you can't separate out what exactly IS right...something is good.
> Something about it works very well in human beings' lives. The totally
> subjective survey PROVES it! LOL
> peace, Heidi
Received on Thu Feb 27 2003 - 09:48:14 EST

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