Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] compulsory element of sudbury model

From: Hughes <>
Date: Sat Oct 8 15:59:00 2005

If unschooling kids could benefit from going to Sudbury Schools, how do the kids who are choosing to be there more often benefit from the unschooling kids? Do you want everyone else to create a community for your children that they can drop in here and there to participate? Doesn't seem balanced to me. Attendence has to be there for the school to thrive. Part time attendence assumes that one could reap the rewards of other people's efforts. I am becoming increasingly curious about the number of homeschoolers and unschoolers who are in this discussion. I home-schooled for 4 years, back when. Then later was a Sudbury Valley parent for fifteen years. My kids were a little intimidated by the word school. I confess I was responsible for that. I was harrassed endlessly by my home town superintendent, so we visited Sudbury Valley. My kids didn't want to go home, and we never looked back. They were 8 and 10 year old boys. The only sad face I ever got was the one when they saw me at the end of the day and realized they had to leave. That's just my experience. My boys definately felt full responsibility for their lives at SVS, because that was what they knew from home as well. But their joy in joining a community of other children and a staff that's fabulous knew no bounds.
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  In California, a family can file an affidavit with the state declaring their home as a private school. The only requirement is that "the teacher" is "capable of teaching" (with no formal credentials required) and that the child is in attendance a minimum number of days - (for most unschooling families, this means the children are breathing). So California kids who are part of a private school affidavit, don't have the dilemna of needing to choose between one program or another. They can just live their lives, taking full responsibility for their own "education".

  I witnessed the low attendance at some of the sudbury schools in California when I visited some. I think Sudbury schools in California could draw more of these independent unschooling kids in - if it were not for the compulsory attendance component. Unschooling kids could benefit from going to sudbury schools - I know a couple of my own kids would have loved to have been a part of such a thing. And I know that the sudbury school would have benefitted by having my kids involved. The unschooling kids in California who we know, tend to have a lot of energy to give to the organizations they are involved in.

  Molly Mancasola


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