The "learning fundamentals" expressed by Peter Gray serve as an eye-opening look at the state of today’s educational culture: we seem to be doing almost everything completely contradictory to what he advises. I was actually cynical when I first heard about the Sudbury Valley School, because I assumed it was the type of school where the extremely wealthy seek out an alternative education, away from public schools and traditional private schools, the type of school you hear Silicon Valley executives sending their children. Given their backgrounds of privilege and opportunity, it really isn’t surprising that the schools for the children of the wealthy can produce the best outcomes; I was surprised to learn that the Sudbury school is non-selective, enrolls students from a wide array of socioeconomic backgrounds, and operates on half the budget of the local public schools. I thought it would be useful to organize Gray’s learning fundamentals into a table and to compare them to the culture of today’s public schools and propose how they could be implemented in the existing school climate.
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