A quote about unschooling which is applicable to the Sudbury model:
“We all want what’s best for our kids, and it’s so hard to quell the urge to micromanage them instead of trusting them. If you want certainty, and preparation for college is your ultimate goal, then unschooling is probably not for you. However, if your ultimate goal is simply for your children to be _happy_ throughout their lives, and you trust them to make choices that are likely to bring them happiness and fulfillment, then unschooling is a better fit.
Traditional schooling methods are like building something by stacking blocks. It’s tedious, and the end result may have a somewhat plain, ordinary appearance, but it’s highly predictable. Generally speaking, everything stacks and fits together according to a predetermined layout, on a fixed, orderly schedule.
Unschooling, on the other hand, is more like watching a crystal grow in a supersaturated solution. Each newly learned concept becomes a nucleus for new thoughts, questions, and discoveries. Progress may seem slow at first, but the growth rate is exponential. There’s no way to predict the final shape. However, you can be confident that it will be beautiful!”
“It’s impossible to teach somebody who doesn’t want to learn.”
“IMAGINE THE FREEDOM…to explore the possibilities.”
-Stacy Alexander Evans
“You cannot live in a democracy, having not learned democracy. You cannot learn democracy having not lived it.”
“Freedom and accountability”
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“Clearview School: Exploring the novel concept of treating children as human beings since 2008.”
“That which is learned in freedom is learned best.”
“Clearview School: Where living is learning, and equality preserves democracy.”
“To trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves…and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted.”
There once was a native American tribe. Ben Franklin decided to offer Harvard scholarships to some of the young men in the tribe. The leaders of this tribe had this to say: “That’s very Gracious. We thank you. But we must Decline the offer because we’ve had some experience with what you call a ‘school.’ Some of our young men once went to Harvard and their heads were filled with the weirdest things! When they came back, they didn’t know the art of skinning, the art of hunting, the art of tanning, the art of shelter building. They didn’t know any real medicine. They didn’t know how to survive in the wild. In fact, those young men were good for nothing!” As a counter offer and a gesture towards Ben they suggested, “If you, on the other hand, would like to send some of your young people, we would be gad to train them, and make real men of them!” -true story, recorded by Ben Franklin