Archive for July, 2011

Free At Last, by Daniel Greenberg

We have copies of  “Free At Last”, arguably one of the best introductions to Sudbury education.  Contact us if you would like a copy for $9.95 + shipping, or better yet, come out to one of our events and save … Continue reading

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Free At Last, by Daniel Greenberg

We have copies of  “Free At Last”, arguably one of the best introductions to Sudbury education.  Contact us if you would like a copy for $9.95 + shipping, or better yet, come out to one of our events and save the shipping cost!

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Free At Last, by Daniel Greenberg

We have copies of  “Free At Last”, arguably one of the best introductions to Sudbury education.  Contact us if you would like a copy for $9.95 + shipping, or better yet, come out to one of our events and save the shipping cost!

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Free At Last, by Daniel Greenberg

We have copies of  “Free At Last”, arguably one of the best introductions to Sudbury education.  Contact us if you would like a copy for $9.95 + shipping, or better yet, come out to one of our events and save … Continue reading

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Lernen in Freiheit (Learning in Freedom)

This article about Sudbury Schools featuring Fairhaven School appeared in the March, 2011 edition of the German magazine Ubuntu.

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The article can also be viewed on page 50 of http://issuu.com/sos-kinderdoerfer/docs/ubuntu-schule-3-11

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Fairhaven Sudbury Conference, June 2011

It began as a casual, inscrutable suggestion from Sudbury Valley School founder Mimsy Sadofsky at the end of the last Sudbury conference in Framingham, Massachusetts: “You guys should host the next conference.” Us? Was she kidding?

No, she wasn’t, and last month Fairhaven School hosted our first international Sudbury conference. After a year and a half of meetings, planning and preparation, we spent three glorious days with sixty-some colleagues and students from the following fifteen Sudbury schools:

  • Sudbury Valley School  (Framingham, MA)
  • Sunset Sudbury School  (Davie, FL)
  • The Circle School  (Harrisburg, PA)
  • Clearwater School   (Bothell, WA)
  • Clearview School   (Austin, TX)
  • Arts & Ideas Sudbury School  Baltimore, MD)
  • Tallgrass Sudbury School  (Riverside, IL)
  • Sego Lily School  (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Trillium School  (Indianola, Washington)
  • Mountain Laurel Sudbury School (Berlin, CT)
  • Open Source Learning  (Kapaa, Hawaii)
  • Highland School  (Highland, WV)
  • Hudson Valley Sudbury School  (Kingston, NY)
  • Ting-Schule  (Berlin, Germany)

(For links to all of our sister schools, please go to http://www.fairhavenschool.com/links/other-sudbury-schools).

What an amazing,  committed group we were. Just to be in a room with so many educators who “get it” was worth the trouble. Who can place a value on shared experience and wisdom, on good old fellowship?

We spent the first day listening to invited guests present on topics related to the business of running a Sudbury school, including an education consultant, an attorney, Fairhaven’s Treasurer on tuition assistance, an education reporter, a marketing guru, and our own colleague Richard Morris on social media.

Conference participants presented topics on days two and three concerning the practical and philosophical questions that inform staffing Sudbury schools. Sample topics: “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: Our Diploma Process” (Mark Bell, Sudbury Valley School ) ; “No Assembly Required: The Circle School’s Adventure in Governance” (Jim Reitmulder, The Circle School);  “Who Are Our Students? What Do They Pursue? What Do They Attain?”  (Stephanie  Sarantos, The Clearwater School).

Each topic provoked lively discussion, and conversations often spilled into the breaks and meals between sessions. Old relationships grew, and new connections took hold. Other highlights were social events: the crab feast (a little taste of Maryland!), the bonfire and drumming (typical Fairhaven School), the ultimate frisbee game (only one injury), and the contra dance.

As a staff, our exhaustion was more than offset by our inspiration, and we felt honored and grateful that so many colleagues made the conference so successful. We look forward to continuing to support all of our colleagues around the world in this, our shared commitment to young people’s freedom and responsibility. Would we do it again? Absolutely!

Watch this space for excerpts from my keynote address, titled “What We Don’t Know: Negative Capability and Sudbury Schools.”

Mark McCaig

Fairhaven School

Summer, 2011

Coference attendees in Chesapeake Room Crab Feast! More porches Porch discussion One of many presentations Contra dance

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What Einstein, Twain, and Forty Eight Other Creative People Had to Say About Schooling

• "It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry." - Einstein • "How I hated schools, and what a life of anxiety I lived there." -Churchill. • "The vanity of teaching doth oft tempt a man to forget that he is a blockhead." -Saville

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Summer Information Meeting!

Please come to our Summer Information Meeting, Thursday August 4th at the Olympia Timberland Library!  We look forward to seeing you there.


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Enroll by July 24th and help make Reach a reality this September!

Many people have been wondering how Reach is progressing. Reach’s founders recognize that we all need some certainty about this fall, so we have set a deadline: if we have at least 17 full-time students (or the equivalent) enrolled by July … Continue reading

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Enroll by July 24th and help make Reach a reality this September!

Many people have been wondering how Reach is progressing. Reach’s founders recognize that we all need some certainty about this fall, so we have set a deadline: if we have at least 17 full-time students (or the equivalent) enrolled by July 24th, we guarantee Reach will open in September. (If we have lower enrollment, we will […]

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