Parrhesis is a virtue that Sudbury kids live every day. Inside and outside School Meeting, they’re constantly debating and negotiating, never afraid to speak an idea that might not already have everyone’s support.
Of course, it helps that there’s no threat of punishment for speaking their minds.
Sometimes, they sway others. Sometimes, they are one of few or the only one to vote a certain way. But their chance to speak their minds is still respected, and to go on record in opposition. In that way, Sudbury students learn to navigate democracy and free speech without fear.
Sean Vivier, MLSS Staff