Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] New to the list

From: A&A Mitter-Burke <>
Date: Mon Aug 18 14:44:00 2003

Hey Christel--

Saw your post and wanted to throw my two bits in. My first advice is to
follow your gut. If your gut says to go with this philosophy then do it.
And then trust your child.

I started a Sudbury school and have worked at SVS for the last three years
as a staff person. My kids (3) have only gone to an SVS school their whole
life and they are incredible people. My oldest son left this year and went
into ninth grade to pursue his passion for sports--he's a three sports guy.
For what it's worth he got all A's and B's and slipped right into
school--this was a kid that read at 12. My daughter is passionate about
dance, art, reading--and pursues them all with gusto at SVS. My youngest
son loves to be outside, play Magic and hang out with his friends--he also
pursues these things with gusto. They are all confident and thriving.

The thing that I always cherish is that I know my kids are who they are--and
that is a precious commodity. They are not forced to bend and conform, they
just spend their days pursuing their interests and thus just stay busy being


> From: Christel Weixelman <>
> Reply-To:
> Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2003 03:45:20 -0700 (PDT)
> To:
> Subject: [Discuss-sudbury-model] New to the list
> Hi, my name is Christel Weixelman. My husband and I
> have a 3.5 year old daughter. I am planning to send
> her to the Sudbury school in Santa Clara, CA when she
> is old enough. (We currently live in San Francisco and
> are moving to the south Bay soon.) I never knew
> anything like Sudbury existed until I stumbled across
> a link on the Bay Area Veg Fair website.
> At first I was skeptical, and amazed, but the more I
> think about it the more it just makes sense. Nothing
> stunts a child's desire and ability to learn like
> making it an unpleasant duty that he or she must bear.
> If children can learn and be free and happy, then why
> in the world would one do anything else?
> I do have a couple questions for the list members:
> Are there any children who don't thrive as well in a
> Sudbury school, or does it work well for all learning
> styles and personalities? Do children ever decide on
> their own to transfer into a more traditional school?
> If so, for what reasons?
> Thanks!
> -Christel
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