Resources on Sudbury, Self Directed Learning, and Deschooling
Articles and Websites
- How It Feels To Send Your Kid To a “Free” School
- Lessons on Sudbury Valley by Peter Gray
- Freedom to Learn By Peter Gray
- When Students have Real Power
Alliance for Self Directed Learning (ASDE) : A nonprofit organization dedicated to normalizing and legitimizing Self-Directed Education, to make it available to everyone who seeks it.
Fare of the Free Child – This entire podcast is excellent but there are three episodes specifically on Sudbury Schools
- Co-founder of Nashville Sudbury School, Sonia Fernandez LeBlanc, talks about the process
- Discussion with Sudbury School of Atlanta Board Chair, Patty Zavala
- To Be Young , Self Directed, and Black- Discussion with Sudbury School of Atlanta Staff member, Chantrisse Parks
Definition from Wikipedia: In a practical context, it refers to the mental process a person goes through after being removed from a formal schooling environment, when the “school mindset” is eroded over time. Deschooling may refer to the time period it takes for children removed from school to adjust to learning in an unstructured environment.
Families who have taken their children out of school to homeschool often find their children (and often the parents too) need a period of adjustment – learning to live without the reinforcement of grading and regimented learning. It is typically used to describe children who have been removed from school for the purpose of self-directed homeschooling, but technically applies any person leaving school, either by dropping out or graduating.
Some links for more on deschooling for children and parents. At NSS, we respect that there will be a transition period especially if your child is coming from traditional schooling. They will be able to take all the time that they need to transition once arriving at NSS.