Sudbury schools encourage all of those traits. We watch our students every day cling tenaciously to projects that they’ve chosen. Initiative and assertiveness are no-brainers in a school where you have to go after what you want. They learn emotional intelligence and teamwork by learning how to work well with others while making sure they haven’t offended anyone. They’re independent every time they decide they want to do something on their own and every time they agree to take care of some aspect of school management. With so many possibilities, they’re infinitely adaptable. They know to delay the gratification of learning something or completing a project or beating a game. They know from the start that they are in control of their choices and they can’t make excuses, only change behavior when something doesn’t work. And, of course, they learn what they have a passion for and don’t have much trouble deciding what they want to do for work.
It’s no wonder Sudbury grads go on to be successful.