Friday, March 13, 2009

Parent Letter to the Editor Published in Seattle Times

Kudos and heartfelt thanks to Clearwater parent and Assembly President Amanda Klein for responding to a Seattle Times column this week.

On Monday, March 9, Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large
recorded his thoughts about a recent presentation by education gadfly, Alfie Kohn. The Kohn presentation and Large column questioned the efficacy of school homework.

Amanda wrote a letter to the editor, as well as an email to Jerry Large, in which she explained her and her son's experience of Clearwater. Read her excellent letter, "Choosing real life over imposed homework", which was published yesterday.

Large reported that parents' answers to Kohn's question about their long-term goals for their children included: Be a mensch, happy, independent, curious, self-motivated, passionate, inner wildness, compassionate, self-reliant, engaged, financially independent, lifelong learner, comfortable, confident. These are just some of the qualities that Clearwater and other Sudbury school students manifest throughout their school years and into adulthood. They develop and strengthen these qualities without prescribed curricula, homework, tests or grades.

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