RE: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Reading Suggestions

From: Dilyara Breyer <>
Date: Mon Sep 25 18:30:00 2006



Great idea! Makes me want to come too!


I personally would like to discuss The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn
Out the Way They Do by
/102-1955152-4887314> Judith Rich Harris

It was so disturbing to me as it went against the grain of what I grew up
with. It has rocked the psychology world as well.


The book that everyone is talking about here is Madeline Levine's Price Of
Privilege. When she spoke in Book Passage recently, there was at least 500
people crowd, only Al Gore who spoke there this summer beat that :-) You
might be able to invite her to the reading as well. I do not know how
Sudbury related the book is. It is still very mainstream but the author is
talking about a crisis in parenting/education.


The one that I like to re-read is Living Joyfully With Children by Win &
52-4887314> Bill Sweet. The authors actually were the ones who told us about
Sudbury philosophy. Their grandkids went to Cedarwood Sudbury School. My
friends borrow that one all the time.


I love recent books that SVS published (Pursuit of Happiness, Clear View,
Reflections) as well as the classic ones (Free at last, Education in
America, Kingdom of Childhood).


 What about book that Jen published recently?


I also like the one that Eric recommended: How to Talk So Kids Will Listen &
Listen So Kids Will Talk.


Congratulations on 10th anniversary!


Dilyara Breyer

Big Rock Sudbury School



[] On Behalf Of Joseph Moore
Sent: Monday, September 25, 2006 11:17 AM
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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