But here’s the thing. The work is hard because it’s inefficient. Difficulty is often a sign that something can be done more effectively with less effort. Scything is harder than using a mechanical reaper. Sewing by hand is harder than using a sewing machine. And so on.
Likewise, public school teachers have a hard time of it because - either by choice or by design - they offer an education in the least efficient way possible: against the students’ wishes. So of course it doesn’t work as well, which takes more effort to force it to work even a little bit better.
Staffing at a Sudbury school can also be a hard job, but not in the same way. We may teach or discuss something a child wants to learn, or leave them alone to do it themselves. That saves most of the struggle, plus we don’t have to inspire anyone from outside or deal with the control mechanism that is grading. So, we put in the effort, and it often doesn’t feel like work. All with much better results.