Recently Chuck Berry announced the upcoming release of his first new album in nearly forty years. Chuck Berry is just one example of people doing things past the age they would be expected to do them. From doing handstands to learning languages, people do things despite being “too old” all the time.
As a Sudbury student I have seen firsthand people do things later or earlier than would be expected of them in a traditional educational environment. I myself learned to read later then would be expected in a traditional school.
So, if age is not a good indication of when people are ready to learn certain things, why do we use it as the basis for when we teach certain concepts? In Sudbury schools, we simply don’t. We allow students to decide when they are ready, whether that’s later or earlier than normal does not matter all that much in the end.