Archive for August, 2010

Fairhaven 2010-2011: A School That Is All That It Can Be

There’s a buzz on the internet this summer about New York high school valedictorian Erica Goldson’s thoughtful speech criticizing the educational system she’s just completed. One highlight:  School is not all that it can be. Right now, it is a place for most people to determine that their goal is to get out as soon as possible. Here’s a link to the text of her entire speech:

We begin school next Tuesday, our thirteenth year. New students will join Fairhaven and Sudbury schooling veterans. Our busy, bright students will make of their time and their lives just what they determine they should make of them. They’ll play, study, sing, dance, paint, climb, run, read, improvise, and  work. They’ll enact a hundred other verbs I can’t imagine. All in the first week!

Staff and students will decide the issues of the day in JC and School Meeting. While the colossus of public education continues its gallant, ultimately flawed work, we here at Fairhaven School will continue ours, inspired by the values that brought us together in the first place: freedom, respect, curiosity, creativity, and democracy.

On September 24th we will continue our ongoing dialogue about education in America by hosting a screening of “Race To Nowhere”, a documentary about the competitive, stressful atmosphere in twenty-first century American public high schools. For some students, these schools work. For many, we wonder if they do not, and we look forward to seeing the movie and having a lively discussion about it afterwards. Visit our website for ticketing information.

Here’s a link to the movie’s website:

We have other events planned for the fall, including a Poetry/Jazz night (October 15th) and an Open House (October 23rd). See our home page for details.

Mostly, we’re here to celebrate another year embodying another way to become educated at Fairhaven School, where young people have freedom and responsibility, a school designed by its founders and students “to be all that it can be.”

Mark McCaig

August, 2010

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Calling All Dads!

Join us for an open house event exclusively for dads.

This event will be hosted by dads whose kids are currently attending Sunset Sudbury School.

What: Video viewing of Sudbury graduates followed by a Q&A session

When: Wednesday, September 1, from 7 to 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Where: Sunset Sudbury School, 4200 N 66th Ave, Davie, FL 33024 (map) – 1/2 block south of Stirling between Davie Rd and 441

Who: Dads only

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Opening Day!!

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Video Viewing

The last few information meetings have been the best we’ve had in more than two and a half years! Thanks to those who came out for the movie viewing last night.  We stopped the movie a little early to make sure we had enough time for conversation. Here is the segment we didn’t get to see last night.

Thesis & Graduation

Mark your calendar. The next open house / information meeting is September 12th!


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The “ADHD Personality”: Its Cognitive, Biological, and Evolutionary Foundations

The brains of people diagnosed with ADHD are no doubt different from those of other people, but that doesn't make ADHD a "disorder." ADHD (except in extreme cases) is only a disorder to the degree that we, as a society, fail to tolerate impulsiveness and fail to provide environmental conditions in which people with widely differing personality characteristics can make best use of their strengths and learn how to compensate for their weaknesses.

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We’re In the News!

Sunset Sudbury has been in the news a lot lately. Check out the following links.

  • Natural Awakenings Magazine… an announcement about our school is on page 15 and a really good article on Democratic Schooling is on page 28.
  • And watch for us on Channel 6 (NBC) news on Friday night!

We’re almost set for the first day of school on August 23rd. You are invited to our upcoming Open House on Saturday, August 14 from 3 to 5pm. Please help us spread the word.

Here are several ways to stay in touch and up to date with what’s happening at Sunset Sudbury School.

We look forward to seeing you and your families in the near future.

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