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How Are These Students Surviving Without A Curriculum?

October 29, 2013

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I’ve recently been spending time at a democratic school in Concord, CA called Diablo Valley School (modeled after Sudbury Valley School outside of Boston). One of the key aspects of the school is that there is absolutely no curriculum. The student body ranges in age from 4 all the way through high school graduation (18+) […]

First Day at a Sudbury Valley School

October 23, 2013

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I spend the day today at Diablo Valley School, a Sudbury Valley School in Concord, CA. I’ve read a great deal about the Sudbury Valley School model over the last few months, but nothing compares to seeing it up close and personal. A number of things jumped out at me: It’s a challenging environment to […]

Mitra vs. Sudbury Valley

October 22, 2013

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I’ve spent the last few months studying the educational philosophy of Sudbury Valley School (a democratic school). The primary component of democratic schools is that every students and staff member gets one vote as they debate the day-to-day operations, budget,  rules and discipline, and even hiring and firing of staff members. Students are allowed complete […]