Archive for November, 2015

Causes of Students’ Emotional Fragility: Five Perspectives

The high rates of emotional disorders and problems among college students have generated concern. Here I present views about the sources of students’ emotional difficulties.

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Causes of Students’ Emotional Fragility: Five Perspectives

The high rates of emotional disorders and problems among college students have generated concern. Here I present views about the sources of students’ emotional difficulties.

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Causes of Students’ Emotional Fragility: Five Perspectives

The high rates of emotional disorders and problems among college students have generated concern. Here I present views about the sources of students’ emotional difficulties.

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Causes of Students’ Emotional Fragility: Five Perspectives

The high rates of emotional disorders and problems among college students have generated concern. Here I present views about the sources of students’ emotional difficulties.

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This Week at AVS

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This Week at AVS

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This Week at AVS

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This Week at AVS

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Answers from an AVS Alum

A few days ago a Sudbury parent posed a question on a message board for families involved in alternative schooling. One of our own alumni, Jesse Alford, responded with the following insightful message. Here is a shortened version of the question posed on the message board: How does the Sudbury model encourage learning, which is … Continue reading Answers from an AVS Alum

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Seeing Things in a New Light

When I walked into Fairhaven School for the very first time, with the idea of enrolling my small son there, I had a terrible moment of indecision where a brief flash of his possible future-  running full speed into the thick woods and spending his days engaged in Lord of the Flies style activities- almost made me reconsider.

Ian Tree 1 SmallThank God I didn’t.

What Fairhaven gives to kids cannot be measured by your typical educational yardstick. As a teacher who has two other children in the competitive and difficult world of Washington DC private schools, I live with a foot planted in two completely different worlds, straddling the fence between hearing  “I really want to” and “I must.”

I see the increasing pressure, workload and stress of a system that sells performance and success at all costs coming up against the pastoral setting and freedom to learn that stands in defiance of it, and it’s startling. 

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I won’t lie, it has taken me a long time to convert. Eventually, I got schooled by my son, who taught me to reevaluate my priorities, consider democracy in lieu of the benevolent oligarchy I ran at home and see things in a new light. Fairhaven works in mysterious ways.

Fairhaven Building SmallAs a parent of a long time Fairhaven student, I’m thankful for the unique and wonderful place where kids make important decisions about their future while honing skills that promise a lifetime full of satisfaction. I’m glad I have a child who is so fulfilled and willing to think outside the box while he charts his way through his education.  

Kelly Duffy

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