Let’s put that quote to the test. In compulsory schools, unpopularity is dangerous. Bullying is rampant. The first sign of difference or dislike, and that person is in for constant struggle against verbal and physical abuse, which the authorities are hard-pressed to stop.
Now compare that to a Sudbury school. You're far less likely to find bullying. You likely won’t even find much teasing beyond the friendly variety. The culture won’t allow it. And in those rare cases where it happens, we have tools that allow the kids to report it and put a stop to it themselves. But in most cases, at worst, people who don’t like each other just won’t spend much time together.
At a Sudbury school, it’s safe to be unpopular.
Sean Vivier, MLSS Staff