The great insight of the founders of Sudbury Valley School

“The great insight of the founders of Sudbury Valley School–an insight understood for millennia earlier by hunter-gatherers–is that you don’t need a curriculum. You don’t need to take responsibility for children’s learning. You don’t need to use either power assertion or cleverness to get children to learn. All you need to do is to provide an environment in which children (a) can explore, play, and socialize to their hearts’ content; (b) are free of bullying and other forms of intimidation; (c) can interact freely with others of all ages; (d) have access to the culturally valued tools for learning; and (e) can experience directly enough of the culture in which they are growing up that they can figure out what it is that they need to know to do well in that culture.”

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