Both my husband and I felt and still feel that this is the way learning was meant to be done. Freedom, respect for the child, learning at one's own pace, and following one's inner compass are all part of the Sudbury model.
We have no children of our own but have felt the damaging effects of public school ourselves and wanted to give other children an alternative that was humane and fostered a child's natural curiosity. So, my husband began looking for other adults who were also interested in this model and might be interested in starting a school in the New Britain, Ct. area. There was an existing Sudbury school in eastern Ct. but we wanted to give families on the west side of the Ct. river an opportunity to attend without such a long commute.
We spent two years coming together, finding kids and families, holding informational sessions for the community, looking for a site, and finally opening the school in New Britain on the one year anniversary of 9/11. The initial group of students made this decision to honor those that died and to put into the universe an alternative to hate and fear.
It is 12 years later and the school is still in existence. Students have come and gone with numerous graduations. Those students have gone on to higher education, travel, careers, and jobs in various fields of their choosing.
I am proud to have been a founding member of an endeavor that supports a child's right to be free, respected, treated as an equal, and supports their natural curiosity.
MLSS Founding Member