"Children see the light of day wonderfully prepared and have strong motivation to educate themselves. They don't need to be forced to study. Coercion even undermines their natural need to learn. What they need are opportunities. My message to society is : We should stop worrying about the "upbringing" of children and instead think about how the conditions must be designed to maximize each child's ability to educate themselves.
(Peter Gray, PH D, Research Professor of Psychology)
Trust as the basis
"The philosophical attitude is trust. We believe that children can be trusted and that they can educate themselves.
You know the question of good or bad, so are we born good or bad? We believe well and we believe that we are born with a natural urge to survive. We believe that this is something we have inside of us and that we have all the tools we need to survive. When children grow up in an environment where freedom and respect are valued, they can educate themselves. They follow their impulses and pursue what interests them and what they want to do. They know what is good for them. You will succeed. You will survive. "
(Menachem Goren, Staff, Sudbury School Golanhights)
"The" secret weapon "age mix is a hit. It increases the learning and teaching ability at the school tremendously. It creates a human environment that is dynamic and corresponds to the reality of life. The school has often been compared to a village in which everyone mix, everyone learns and teaches and is a role model and helps and quarrels - and plays their role in life. I think that's a good picture. "
(Daniel Greenberg, finally free!)
We leave the students alone
"Sudbury Valley leaves the students alone. Period. No maybe. No exceptions. We help when asked. We don't interfere. People come first and foremost to study, and that's what they do, every day all day."
(Daniel Greenberg, Founder and Associate Sudbury Valley School)
I can live my interests
"For me the school is very helpful in what it doesn't do. It doesn't interfere in my affairs or in things that interest me. The school really gives me the space to develop, to find out what I want to do and who I want to be. "
Student, Diabolo Valley School
The system gives security
"The system makes the children feel safe because you know there is a whole system that works to solve the problems in the school. It is not in the hands of one person who decides everything. Everyone is equal. You can always giving your opinion and at the same time learning to say it in an appropriate way and to be involved in the discussion. This is an important skill in my opinion. I liked it a lot, it was one of my favorite things and I was very involved . "
(Danielle, Alumni, Jerusalem Sudbury School)
The beauty of cooperation
The beauty of benevolent togetherness lies in the fact that taking and giving are balanced, strengths and weaknesses are mutually dependent. The fear of being less may die, trust may grow.
Like little lights that light up each other.
There are no bells at Sudbury Schools. No "lessons".
The time someone spends in any activity always comes from him / her. There is always enough time that she / he wants and needs. There is always the right amount of time.
Free at last, Greenberg