Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Your opinion on Waldorf?

From: David Rovner <>
Date: Mon Feb 14 10:29:00 2005

A comparison of common educational philosophies

OK, So You're Sort of Like a Montessori School?
There are some ways in which the Sudbury model is similar to the Montessori approach. Children in both settings are allowed freedom to make decisions about what interests them and to set their own pace. Both models also hold the basic assumption that children are naturally curious and don't need to be forced to learn.

Montessori educators believe that all children learn according to universal patterns and sequences, and Montessori children choose between options presented by the teacher. Montessori teachers offer activities based on observed interests and needs using materials they deem developmentally appropriate for each age group.

The Sudbury-model puts the responsibility and authority for their education on the children themselves, rather than on teachers. Children self-select the age groups they'll work with, often ranging outside of their age group with both older and younger children. Sudbury-model schools offer access to the full array of activities life presents and allow students to determine their own sequence of learning. This gives students the freedom to learn about what interests them at that moment and the staff the freedom to respond to individual needs. Interest is the only criterion for engaging in any activity, and satisfaction is the only evaluation of success.
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