Tonight, December 29, the Sudbury School of Jacksonville held its first informational meeting. With 8 people in the room, we discussed the Sudbury model, watched a short video about another Sudbury School and shared the story about how my husband Josh and I came to pursue this path, for not only our family, but our community.
In attendance were educators with grown children, as well as parents with small children. We had folks with kids in “A” rated schools who believe their kids should enjoy school more and parents looking for alternatives to schools that they don’t believe are a great fit for their kid(s) now. There were lots of questions and we took lots of notes. The biggest surprise of the night was a woman in town who had researched starting a Sudbury school a few years ago!
It. Was. Awesome.
Thank you to all of the folks who came out. It was so more exciting than I anticipated and I think it was a wonderful beginning.
If you missed it, not to worry. We are planning our next meeting for on Sunday, January 11th from 3 to 4. (Kids are welcome, if the weather is nice. They can play outside and we’ll have a sitter here to help out.) I hope you’ll join us.
Finally, here are a few links to articles and videos I came across in the last few days:
- The Diablo Valley School featured on Nick at Nite. (Diablo Valley is a Sudbury school located in Concord, California.)
- Interviews of two Sudbury staff members who both also teach outside the school.
- An interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson about how parents can help their kids be successful in the sciences (and beyond.)
- The Atlantic writes about how we have stripped children of discovery and curiosity in our efforts to protect them.