What is a Sudbury School?
Why democratic? Is this a political thing?
I read about this model and it says there is no curriculum. Is that true? How will they learn?
Ok. No curriculum. But won't they just play all day?
Fine, playing is good. But what if all they do is watch YouTube and play video games?
What does their daily schedule look like?
Is there homework?
Are they going to be prepared for college without homework and curriculum?
What about age mixing? Is it safe for teens and young children to be together?
Age-mixing also provides specific and unique advantages that vary over the spectrum of age and maturity. Simply by virtue of being free to associate with older students, younger students will find themselves in situations that demand of them or exemplify in others a maturity that they may not yet have developed. Whether or not they take it on themselves in those moments to rise to the challenge of acting older, the cues and catalysts for such behavior constantly surround them in the form of older students responding to their own challenges.
The converse also applies for older students. For them, younger students serve as a reminder and inducer of the creative spark, but perhaps more importantly, of their own humanity. The presence of younger students sheds light on an older student’s own development towards becoming more physically, intellectually, and emotionally mature. This opens up the opportunity to self-identify with the younger other. This process expresses itself in many older students as an incredible sensitivity to the needs of others (not just those younger) and a willingness to consider their differences in practice.
Age-mixing, in addition to normalizing the real-world fact of age diversity, creates an environment in which younger students and older students serve to temper the behavior of the other, thereby providing a complementary means to ease into adulthood.
What is the role of the staff?
What are the roles of parents?
Will my child be safe?
Do you accept children with disabilities?
What is the school's legal structure?
Nashville Sudbury School is a Tennessee Category IV church-exempt non-public school under the umbrella of Two Springs Fellowship. Two Springs Fellowship is a non-denominational 501(c)3 non-profit created alongside the school and its mission is to support self directed, democratic education for all humans regardless of age. Two Springs Fellowship does not make decisions pertaining to the school’s day to day operations.
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