Many traditional schools restrict freedom in the in their students’ artistic expression. While they may offer classes in subjects like music or English, they teach them in a structured manner, giving students a premise or story arc to write or telling them what to paint and how to paint it. This renders normally creative activities as uncreative as reading a “choose your own adventure.”
In Sudbury schools students have the necessary freedom to be creative. They do things like write stories and essays, make video games, paint, play music or many younger students simply play imaginary games. In a Sudbury school, creativity is more like creating your own “choose your adventure,” not just reading one.