If I had been fortunate to attend a Sudbury school I would have been able to seek out someone who could teach in a manner that I understood or have at my disposal the teacher's textbook so I could figure out for myself what it was I was trying to learn. I could also have opted to make the math relevant to my own experience. I could have measured my own bedroom to figure out the square footage, determined how long it would take to go to my grandmother's if my dad drove at a certain speed, or calculated what percentage of the grocery bill was allocated to dairy products.
I was fortunate to attend a middle school for about a year that did teach from a right brain perspective. Our math teacher had us doing tax returns for fictional families we designed. I was excited, engaged, and successful at comprehending the concepts and making the correct calculations. Unfortunately, that one year was followed by 4 years of torture in which my confidence in my ability to do math was eroded. To this day complex math causes my emotions to lock up my brain and send me into a fit of frustration and avoidance.
If you want your child's education to have real meaning in their present and future, trust them and send them to a Sudbury school where they can learn in a manner that allows them to clearly understand the material and make it relevant to their lives
Louise Thiessen MFT
Retired Family Therapist
Member of the Founding Team of Mt. Laurel Sudbury School