Here’s the thing. All Sudbury schools will have certain traits in common, such as respect for children, democratic governance, and due process for rule infractions. But we’re also all going to be different. Consider. Nobody would suggest that Germany isn’t a democracy because it doesn’t have all the same laws as the United States. Likewise, Sudbury schools are going to differ from each other.
Each of us have different School Meetings composed of different students and staff. These different people are going to have different felt needs and different ideas for solutions. So we’re going to vary. Different schools will have different tolerances for rough and tumble play. Or what precise line changes free speech to harassment. Or how often JC is invoked. Or acceptable noise levels. Or any other of a hundred things. Even whether we agree with every nuance of each other's posts.
We’re not a franchise. If anything, we’re a loose confederacy of independent, likeminded schools. We don’t all have to be carbon copies.
So, please, don’t tell us that another Sudbury school isn’t doing Sudbury “right.” If it’s their decision and they’re free to keep it or change it, then they are.