RE: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Reading Suggestions

From: Joseph Moore <>
Date: Tue Sep 26 19:51:01 2006

Hey, Dilyara, if you want to come, please do! Same goes for everybody
else, but I suspect the commute for most of you is a killer...


[] On Behalf Of Dilyara
Sent: Monday, September 25, 2006 3:28 PM
Subject: RE: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Reading Suggestions



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 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 &
Bill Sweet
02-1955152-4887314> . 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
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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