Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] scientific backing of Sudbury

From: David Rovner <>
Date: Wed Jan 18 09:40:01 2006

Dear Sandra,

I think you should reformulate your request. Can you give scientific backing
to a "regular" school ?
I think a good or a bad education and/or schooling are very difficult things
to demonstrate scientifically if at all.
It is more of a social and philosophical approach. Still there have been
some attempts to find out the effects on children of Sudbury education. For
instance, "Legacy of Trust: Life After the Sudbury Valley School
Experience," or "The Pursuit of Happiness: The Lives of Sudbury Valley
Alumni" -- "what becomes of students who attended Sudbury Valley as they
pursue their lives as adults? This book explores the lives of former
students who spent their formative years at the school. It examines in depth
their values, their character, and their careers, drawing extensively on
their own words. A unique contribution to the literature that evaluates
schools and educational philosophies."

See: .
I would also suggest to take a look at, ,
for instance.

~ David

----- Original Message -----
From: "Marc en Sandra" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 12:02 PM
Subject: [Discuss-sudbury-model] scientific backing of Sudbury

> Hi,
> I'm a member of a new startup group in Brussels (Belgium), we would like
> create a Sudbury school in our area and are working hard on this. One of
> things coming up in the process is: have any scientific studies been
> conducted on the positive effects on children of Sudbury education (I
> in terms of learning success, socialization, development of
> values, anything). We as starters feel certain enough about the enormous
> potential of Sudbury for our kids, but there is of course 'the others':
> critical outsiders, anxious and doubting parents, and especially local
> education authorities to whom we will have to go and explain about our
> project somewhere in the near future. It would be a great help if we could
> provide some outside evidence that 'Sudbury works' and not only our own
> conviction.
> I also see this in a lager sense: in fact I am gathering material from
> psychologists and other scientists that supports the ideas that are
> fundamental to Sudbury (e.g. concepts of 'learned helplessness' and
> 'intrinsic motivation', publications of John Holt etc.).
> Does anyone have any interesting information about this?
> Thanks in advance,
> Sandra Roobaert
Received on Wed Jan 18 2006 - 08:42:50 EST

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