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    This was already tried in England in the first half of the 20th century. It doesn’t work.

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      How does it not work? And how do you refute the Sudbury Valley stories of apparently working?

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        Unschoolers learn what they want, when they want http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/08/03/unschooling.sudbury.education/

        “Approximately 90% of Sudbury Valley’s graduates go on to college (compared with 69% of graduates from the public education system).”

        Children Educate Themselves IV: Lessons from Sudbury Valley https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/200808/children-educate-themselves-iv-lessons-sudbury-valley

        “Hundreds of graduates attest to the school’s educational effectiveness”

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        If you’re curious about Sudbury Valley school (and other free schools) I highly recommend Free To Learn by Peter Gray. It covers the school and other free schools, as well as homeschooling and unschooling. The latter being approximately to homeschooling what Sudbury Valley is to regular schools, as far as I can see.

        For what it’s worth Sudbury Valley is the type of school I wish I had gone to, and that I would like for my children, if it was available here. Regretfully it’s not, though the book offers some ideas on what do do in that case. Luckily England (where I live) is quite liberal in this sense, and as I understand it education is compulsory, but schooling is not.

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          Nothing to do with the school, but this exchange weirded me out:

          When I went to recycle the Coke can, a student said to me, “Eh, just throw it out. We don’t really recycle.” He sounded a bit sheepish, like he knew recycling was a good thing.

          “You don’t recycle?” I asked.

          “It’s expensive,” Danny interjected. “The school didn’t put it in the current budget. When we had students who wanted it, we did it. The community makes all the decisions.”

          Er, what? Sounds like the politicians there have it backwards. Why make it a financial incentive to not recycle? Instead you should be penalised for not recycling, surely? For example you can make it free to recycle, but fine people for putting things that could be recycled in the trash.