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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.
First Impressions of an Unschooling School - Jeffrey Howard of Erraticus shares his insight after a tour of Clearwater.
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 The Clearwater School Works – Stephanie Sarantos summarizes research—in psychology, human development and learning theory—documenting the benefits of the Sudbury model.
The Trouble with Education - Arlo Dolven, life-long Clearwater student, explores the problems that come with the traditional U.S. education model and how it compares to Clearwater.
Articles about the Sudbury Model
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.
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.
You can't do Sudbury at home - Cassi Clausen from The Open School answers the question "Why pay tuition to have your child do what they can just do at home?" by discussing what makes Sudbury unique.
Sudbury Valley School - Essays 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.
Education: Class Dismissed – Hara Estroff Romano’s in-depth portrait of Sudbury Valley School in Psychology Today.