Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] searching for sudbury

From: Karen Locke <>
Date: Wed Sep 21 09:12:00 2005

The other thing I would consider if I were geographically free would be
moving to a place with an established Sudbury School. I had a noncustodial
dad holding me in place, but I would have considered that if I hadn't. I'm
not sure about homeschooling if you need to be away for much of the day.

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From: "Louie Mahoney Cohn" <>
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Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2005 7:47 AM
Subject: RE: [Discuss-sudbury-model] searching for sudbury

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> Good luck!
>>From: "cheryl huff" <>
>>Subject: [Discuss-sudbury-model] searching for sudbury
>>Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 06:43:51 -0400
>>I am just beginning to look for a Sudbury model school for my 6 year old
>>son. I have been unhappy with his very traditional classroom
>>experience - Primary One (kindergarten) in Scotland was an attempt to
>>"socialize" children into sitting still, working on worksheets and then
>>going out to a play area which was very small, crowded and made of asphalt
>>and stone with no equipment save a few tired elastic jumpropes and an old
>>ball or two. He came home bloody and often bitten. He was mauled every
>>day by a very large classmate and learned to hit and kick. In spite of it
>>all, he did well with numbers and words and we did much exploring of the
>>Scottish coast, the museums and science centers of Edinburgh and Glasgow
>>and several castles. He learns best when allowed to explore things,
>>especially 3 dimensional objects and loves to create sculptures,
>>"machines" and systems with ropes, weights, branches...whatever he can
>>Now we are back in America and he is at a charter school in coastal NC.
>>While many of our friends find it to be a great school, I feel he is just
>>being molded into this cookie cutter role of 1st grader - they all must be
>>reading by the beginning of 1st, and he isn't, but he is ahead in math,
>>which is being ignored, so of course he feels like a loser. He is
>>rebelling against the non-stop structure of sitting and being quiet and
>>isn't finding friends in the class - he doesn't even know many of the
>>kid's names after 4 weeks of school.
>>So, after this sad rant, can anyone give me ideas of what to look for in a
>>school - and what I should be considering while I am looking? I am an
>>adjunct college instructor and need to live near enough to colleges
>>(though I also teach online) to make a living as the sole support of us
>>both. I have considered homeschooling but want him to have an experience
>>of working as a member of a community of learners.
>>Any help is appreciated.
>>cheryl huff
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