Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Newbie with Question

From: Richard Berlin <>
Date: Thu Dec 2 11:22:00 2004

Nine years old is what, fourth grade? So that's four or 5 years of
school by now.

Although he doesn't seem to *value* school (which is a separate issue)
it's possible that he's spent all of that time being asked to do things
that may *not* be that difficult for him...and getting acceptable
results much of the time on his first or second try.

Very, very poor preparation for learning a sport (often hard,
especially at first) or an instrument (almost always discouraging for

-- Rich

On Dec 1, 2004, at 10:41 AM, Mary Torgersen wrote:

> Hello All,
> I absolutely love reading all the posts on this list. What a very
> interesting and passionate group! I am just thinking about Sudbury
> Valley for my 9 year old son. One of my concerns is that my son will
> not attempt things that he finds difficult. Even things he likes, like
> football, he is not willing or able to do his time to become better.
> For example, he wanted to take trumpet lessons
> (totally his idea). He was so excited. He immediately realized it was
> "hard" and has ceased practicing. Now he has fallen behind and unless
> I start mandating practice, I know he will not ever learn to play this
> instrument.
> So, my question is obvious at this point. How would he fare in the
> Sudbury Valley model? Sometimes I feel that the only reason he has
> learned as much math, science, and writing as he has is that he is
> required to do so in public school. If it were not required, I fear he
> would never be willing to work hard. Never gain the discipline to
> master things, but perhaps always just do enough to get by. Are some
> people just by nature like this? Or will everyone, given the space and
> time, come to master the things that are important to them.
> Thanks
> Mary
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