In Sudbury schools we accept that schools are in fact part of the “real world.” Children are granted the same rights as the adult staff members. Students and staff members are each granted one equal vote. The students are free vote to change, remove or add rules, hire and fire staff members and allocate the schools funds. Students also have the right to become voting members of the Judicial Committee where accusations of rule breaking are handled. They are responsible for their actions, happiness and personal growth.
Who do you think will be better prepared for the “real world” at the age of eighteen, someone who’s been in it their entire life or someone who’s just getting used to the idea of being in the real world?