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

From: Mimsy Sadofsky <>
Date: Thu Jan 19 20:02:00 2006

Try the following books from Sudbury Valley School Press: "Legacy of
Trust" and "Pursuit of Happiness".

On Jan 18, 2006, at 5:02 AM, Marc en Sandra wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm a member of a new startup group in Brussels (Belgium), we would
> like to
> create a Sudbury school in our area and are working hard on this. One
> of the
> things coming up in the process is: have any scientific studies been
> conducted on the positive effects on children of Sudbury education (I
> mean,
> in terms of learning success, socialization, development of
> responsibility,
> 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
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