[Discuss-sudbury-model] Ode magazine article

From: Mike Sadofsky <sadofsky_at_comcast.net>
Date: Wed May 19 13:42:00 2004

Ode Magazine's current issue, (June 2004)

talks about a new generation of social leaders who are building a
better world. Among a dozen or so vignettes, is a piece about
Sudbury Valley School and Hanna and Dan Greenberg, who were
instrumental in its founding and operation to-date. The link to the
index of the current issue may be found above, and the link to the
Greenberg/SVS piece is


Text of the Greenberg/SVS piece follows:

School for life
Marco Visscher
This article appeared in Ode issue: 14
Children are curious by nature Hanna and Daniel Greenberg helped
create a school with that idea at the heart of its radically new
vision of education.

WHO? Hanna and Daniel Greenberg WHAT? Sudbury Valley School, a
school without classrooms, subjects, tests or grades WHERE? Boston,
United States WHEN? 1968 WHY? To promote innate curiosity and

Hanna and Daniel Greenberg felt uneasy when it came time for their
children to start school in the mid-1960’s. They didn’t trust
conventional education. Their children would not have any say in what
they would be taught, but would learn to be obedient. And it turned
out the Greenbergs weren’t the only parents in Boston complaining
about the worn-out principles of the education system. Together with a
group of other parents, they conceived an alternative school where
children would could grow with a sense of both individualism and
responsibility. Thirty-five years later, the Sudbury Valley School is
inspirational proof that freedom and trust provide the best ways of
assuring that kids grow to become responsible adults. The school is
now a model for 30 new schools in countries from Australia to Israel.

Two hundred kids between the ages of four and 18 spend weekdays on the
school’s beautiful campus in the suburbs of Boston. How they spend
their time is up to them. Does everyone play all day long? Yes,
sometimes, Daniel Greenberg admits. “But there comes a time when they
want to do math and they want to read. Because they see other children
doing it. Because they realise that it will be helpful to them in
life. There’s no point forcing children to learn because they have
reached a certain age, but aren’t yet ready. That only takes a lot of
energy and causes frustration.”

Blending ages is the secret weapon of the Sudbury Valley School. This
approach means children help each other, which stimulates them
enormously. “Students who leave the school and go to college may not
have a list of grades because we don’t use them, but they do have
self-confidence and a sense of responsibility,” Greenberg believes.
And isn’t that what school is all about?

Sudbury Valley School, 2 Winch Street, Framingham, MA 01701, United
States, telephone +1 508 877 3030, office_at_sudval.org, www.sudval.org.
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