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And they understand that to be an effective member of a democracy, you have to accept responsibility.
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But, if you observe children learning in their first few years of life, you can see that they can and do learn on their own - we leave them alone to crawl, walk, talk, and gain control over their bodies. It happens without much help from parents.
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But, neither of these educational scenarios worked for us, so when we started a family, we wanted a different school for our children. And the other founders felt the same way.
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Educators are still spending way too much time trying to control what kids learn, bending the content to their own purposes, hoping beyond hope to change - by using technology - but not change too much.
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For Hanna and me, it was having our children that made us want to give them a different educational experience than our own.
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I followed the rules, and I was a high achiever.
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I think people with open minds will observe the way we do things and realize that our goal is to have successful, happy, productive adults, and they will take our ideas and implement them elsewhere for their own children.
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I would deliver lectures that got standing ovations, but later, in the tests and essays, it was clear to me that the students just didn't get it.
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I'll tell you what the real problem is: These people are working under the assumption that they know better about what is good for kids, what kids need to learn to get ahead in this world.
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I'm not too worried about that. I am a big believer in modeling.
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If you watch young children play, you will notice that they create games, characters, situations, whole worlds in which they immerse themselves with intense concentration.
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In terms of how much actual use is made of the networked resources, our school's use of the Internet is comparable to that of a university.
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In the new school culture (or at least at SVS), the idea is to do stuff when and how you feel like it, to have fun with it.
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In the traditional public school classroom, the content is controlled, and use of the Internet for research is limited.
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In traditional schools, you're penalized for making a mistake. But that won't work in the new information culture, in the digital world we live in today.
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It's fascinating to me that today, while the world is moving in all directions and very quickly, that mainstream educators have decided that they want to standardize education, to slow it down, in effect, and to make sure everyone learns the same things in the same amount of time.
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Just the concept of personal freedom within a democracy, for instance, is a relatively young idea - only about 300 years old in this country.
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Just think of it: the whole e-business culture, the dot.com world we find ourselves in, it's unpredictable and chaotic - but it's fun. Young people love it.
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Kids are finding out about the potential for discovery online from other sources; many of them have computers at home, for instance, or their friends have them.
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Many of our graduates are entrepreneurial, self-employed, outspoken, and expect to be treated with respect, as they were here.
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One of the things that sets our kids apart is the fact that they have a great deal of experience with the democratic process here.
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Our students get a good education here, and those who are highly motivated to go to college get accepted without the letters of recommendation.
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Quite a few, actually, are involved in education. They have had the same experience Hanna and I had: when they started having their own kids, they didn't want them to have a poor educational experience; they wanted them to enjoy school.
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Researchers who study advanced creativity tell us that the two most conducive elements to learning are play and talk.
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So, I see technology as a Trojan Horse: It looks like a wonderful thing, but they are going to regret introducing it into the schools because it simply can't be controlled.
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Some go on to trade schools or get further training for jobs they are interested in. Some go into the arts, some are craftsmen, some take a little time out to travel, and some start their own businesses. But our graduates find and work at what they want to do.
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Technology will eventually destroy the way schools are run now.
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We've been doing this here since 1968, so we have been identified as an example of a free, democratic school, and many professors want to expose their students to our philosophy.
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Well, for one thing, we have no tenure here, so all staff - including myself, after 32 years - are elected (or re-elected) to our positions through a vote in the School Meeting, which includes everyone.
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When kids play, they are working on imagining the kind of world we live in.
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When you wanted to learn something, how did you do it? You found something you were curious about, and you immersed yourself in studying it. You had a desire to progress in your learning. That's what we allow in Sudbury Valley School.
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Whenever culture has gone through a radical change, as ours has - from industrial age to information age - there are people who will deny that things have changed; they resist it and refuse to change.
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You can't learn by studying "subjects" the way they are organized in schools. In the new century, people will need to be good problem solvers and model builders, and they must be able to play, communicate - and I would add - be confident and feel empowered; that's where freedom comes in.
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You can't make someone learn something - you really can't teach someone something - they have to want to learn it. And if they want to learn, they will.
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