Here are articles and websites offering a variety of perspectives on the benefits of The Clearwater School, Sudbury schools in general, and other revolutionary approaches to education.
Articles about The Clearwater School
- Free to Learn: The Clearwater School – Co-founder Stephanie Sarantos reflects on the joys of student-initiated learning at Clearwater, from her perspective as parent and staff member.
- No assignments. No tests. No grades. It’s “no problem” for Bothell school. – This Seattle Times article is the result of many hours that reporter Linda Shaw spent at Clearwater interviewing students and staff, observing and sometimes participating in the day’s activities.
- Why Not Offer Classes? An email dialogue – Clearwater parents and staff explore the pitfalls of adult-initiated class offerings.
- Why Enroll In The Clearwater School? Because It Prepares Kids to Pursue Life – Co-founder Tom Campbell lays out evidence that Clearwater graduates are ideally suited for success in the workforce and the adult world.
- Freedom, Boredom, and Motivation – Stephanie Sarantos explains the role of boredom in learning at a Sudbury school.
- When Our Children’s Vision Exceeds Our Grasp – Co-founder Shawna Lee relates what happens when parents overcome their resistance to trusting their children.
- Two Girls and a Goldfish – Former staff member Nora Wheat on letting young children work out conflict on their own.
- Fearing Freedom – Stephanie Sarantos addresses the common fear that children won’t use their time at Clearwater wisely.
- “Don’t You See I Don’t Have Time for This?” – When Nora Wheat’s six-year-old son convinced her that a structured kindergarten was hindering the pursuit of his passions, she enrolled him at Clearwater.
- Working with Uncertainty – Reflections on the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and what Stephanie Sarantos learned from the various ways students at Clearwater processed these events.
- What Are You Learning in School? – Shawna Lee describes how Clearwater students learn: constantly, fluidly and much like adults learn.
- In Defense of Computer and Video Games – Due to lack of exposure, most adults misunderstand the nature and value of computer and video games, explains Shawna Lee; she sees passionate engagement, learning, discussion and imagination among young gamers at Clearwater.
- On Video Gaming – Stephanie Sarantos on parent discomfort with open access to computer and video games and on the importance of trusting children to choose how to spend their time.
- Why The Clearwater School Works – Stephanie Sarantos summarizes research—in psychology, human development and learning theory—documenting the benefits of the Sudbury model.
Articles about the Sudbury Model
- Articles at Sudbury Valley School – Articles and videos on a wide variety of topics, including life at Sudbury Valley, alumni, and underlying ideas.
- OK, So You’re Sort of Like … – Romey Pittman, co-founder of Fairhaven School, contrasts the Sudbury model with other models of alternative education.
- How Kids Learn…and Learn…and Learn – Romey Pittman describes learning as a process of construction.
- Education: Class Dismissed – Hara Estroff Romano’s in-depth portrait of Sudbury Valley School in Psychology Today.
- The Learning Edge – Jim Reitmulder, co-founder of The Circle School, explores a complex framework of ideas supporting the practice of self-directed schooling.
- The Value of Serious Play – In this thought-provoking article reprinted from Educational Technology Magazine, the authors propose that play is “a suitable goal for those situations requiring children or adults to engage in creative higher-order thinking coupled with intense personal commitment and involvement.”
- Ten Signs that You Need to Find a Different Kind of Education for Your Child – Jerry Mintz of AERO–The Alternative Education Resource Organization on cues from your child’s behavior and emotions that indicate a bad fit with the school environment.
- A plea to trust schools – not just tests – Interview with leading education reformer and author Deborah Meier by Amanda Paulson in The Christian Science Monitor.
- Against School: How public education cripples our kids, and why – John Taylor Gatto, former New York State Teacher of the Year and opponent of compulsory education, sounds off in the September 2003 issue of Harper’s.
- Sudbury Valley School Press – Looking for books about the Sudbury experience? Buy them here.
- AERO, the Alternative Education Resource Organization – AERO’s goal is to advance student-driven, learner-centered approaches to education.
- Challenging the Myths of Modern Schooling – A website featuring the writings of John Taylor Gatto, a former New York State Teacher of the Year who is now an activist and public speaker against compulsory education.
- Freedom to Learn – The Psychology Today blog of Peter Gray, a professor of psychology at Boston College who writes about alternative approaches to education and the life-long value of play.
- The Center for Nonviolent Communication – An approach to communication and conflict resolution that has informed problem-solving at Clearwater.
- Paths of Learning – A magazine and online resource center to help parents, educators, researchers and policymakers who wish to learn more about holistic, democratic, or learner-centered approaches to teaching and learning.
- I’m Unschooled. Yes, I Can Write. – Blog by childhood unschooler and lifelong learner, Idzie Desmarais of Montreal, Quebec about unschooling, reading, teaching vs. learning, respectful parenting and socialization.
- IDEA (Institute for Democratic Education in America) – A nonprofit organization that supports and showcases democratic education settings.