Lessons We Don’t Teach

By Jared Bean To those unfamiliar with Sudbury schools or Self-Directed Education, hearing that we do not formally teach subjects like math or reading might come as a shock. One might think that because we don’t offer crafted curriculums or employ seasoned educators who are expert in the latest and Read more…

A Typical Day

By Beverli Haroldsen What is a typical day at AVA?  At first glance, it doesn’t exist.  Our days don’t fit in a tidy little package to be placed in a day planner. No master schedule stands as sentinel, passing down arbitrary time or content demands.  Students really are free to choose Read more…

A Week of Monopoly

Before working as a staff member at AVA, I worked for many years as a math and physics tutor. I tutored people of various ages and skill levels, ranging from grade school children to undergraduate college students. I always enjoyed it; helping people understand concepts that previously mystified them was engaging and rewarding. Unfortunately, my main takeaway from all those years of tutoring was that lots of people really dislike math. At best people find it dreadfully boring, and at worst the mere mention of the subject is enough to enrage or drive people to Read more…