Sure, there are a number of Honors students who are bright and curious, who are in it because they haven’t forgotten the joy of learning. But there is a very strong component who are only there for the credits. In several anonymous questionnaires, they often admit to cheating. Also, when Dr. William Glasser asked a gathering of Honors students if they always gave their all on every task, every last one admitted they did not. Furthermore, these students go on to hate learning, to see it as an obnoxious chore rather than the joyous experience it should be. All side effects of compulsion and the message that only grades matter.
Compare with any Sudbury student. It’s not about grades or doing as you’re told. It’s about exploration and discovery. Sudbury students uncover new ideas with delight, giving each new interest their all, and that love of learning stays with them.
So, would you rather have an Honors student at a traditional school, or would you rather have a normal Sudbury student?
Sean Vivier, MLSS Staff