RE: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Reading Suggestions

From: Lynanne Fowle <>
Date: Mon Sep 25 14:30:00 2006

Try "One Kid at a Time" by Eliot Levine. Even if you're not sold on his
concept of "the best" school, he definitely debunks the "butts in the desk"
model and samples of his chapters are: "What Should Students Learn?",
"Learning Through Interests", "Learning Through Everything", "Personalized
Learning", etc. His perspective is that of an urban high school reengineered
to offer disadvantaged students a completely different way to prepare for
life, but it's a great read and a terrific tool for sparking discussion.


Lynanne Fowle



[] On Behalf Of Joseph Moore
Sent: Monday, September 25, 2006 2:17 PM
To: Sudbury Discussion Group
Subject: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Reading Suggestions


Joseph from Diablo Valley School here.


We're celebrating the 10th anniversary of our school this year. One event
we're sponsoring is a monthly reading group at a local library, which we
hope will attract some parents. The tentative title is: How Do Kids Really
Learn? A Fresh Look at Education.


Here's why I'm pestering you all: we need about 8 - 9 books/readings, and I
thought the people on this list would have good ideas. The plan here is to
NOT hit people over the head too much (which is hard for me, personally,
given what a horror traditional schooling is), but to ease into the topic at
first, then move on to more pointed stuff over time. So, what books or
readings would you reccommend that shed light on why it's a good idea to
trust kids, to recognize and nurture their responsibility for their own
education, and to lay off the little butts in desks model of education?


We've already got several (this is all still tentative, so if you've got a
better idea, fire away)


1st month: The Scientist in the Crib. We thought we'd start with something
about how really small children learn, to lay the groundwork for reexamining
how we all learn. Plus, one of the authors is local, and we'd like to get
her for a panel discussion later in the year.


2nd month: The Myth of the Lazy Mind.


Later, we'll do a couple Sudbury Valley books - Reflections on the Sudbury
School Concept, Kingdom of Childhood? Plus, right at the end, one of the
John Taylor Gatto books.











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