There are many parents who believe it is important to make sure their children engage in many extracurricular activities, so that they will be “well rounded.” The idea is that if the only academic engagement students experience is through classes, tests and homework their education and base of experience will be too narrow.
At MLSS we do not have to worry about the students being well rounded. They are constantly engaged in activities outside of or beyond traditional schools’ curricula. They are free to seek and test not only their own interests, but the interests of the students around them, as well. They play chess and soccer, learn how to do handstands and solve rubik’s cubes, play musical instruments, create art, learn other languages, write and cook.
In a traditional school environment extracurricular activities are something you work towards; in a Sudbury school new activities are the natural consequence of self-exploration and social interaction.
In a traditional school students are expected to learn how to be responsible by doing what
they are told. In a Sudbury school students learn how to be responsible through practice.
They already are responsible for deciding what they will do and how they will do it. Which
way do you think will produce adults who can responsibly take action?
Liam Marshall-Butler is currently a student at MLSS.