Brushing your teeth is a good idea, but not something we enforce by law. It’s a good idea to treat others with respect and keep your word to your friends, but these also don’t carry the force of law.
Likewise Sudbury schooling. Algebra is useful. It’s not mandatory. A second language is useful. We don’t tell them they have to. And so on with every other useful body of knowledge. Which doesn’t stop them from pursuing those disciplines they find useful, without any compulsion on our part.
And so our students learn to read and do math and sometimes even study a second language. Not because they have to. Because they see the utility, and they want to.
Sean Vivier, MLSS staff