They say that quitters never win. But that seems incomplete. Really, it's that quitters never win... at the thing they quit. They still can and do win at the other efforts they haven't quit. Efforts they can put more time into because they quit something else.
Sudbury schools give kids a chance to explore potential interests. Often enough, they discover they weren't all that interested. Quitting gives them a chance to realign their efforts and focus to something they find more fulfilling. And when they find interests that fill them with meaning, then they don't quit.
Quitting is part of life, even for the most successful people among us. Perhaps we as a adults forget how many paths we've quit in our own lives, but still came out functional. Quitting an instrument means you'll never be good at that instrument, yes. But quitting an instrument to learn programming means you can succeed at programming... perhaps even more so because you quit the instrument.
And in that way they do learn discipline, by doing everything in their power to master something that matters to them.
Sean Vivier, MLSS Staff