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In Episode 41, I had the privilege of interviewing Anastasia Congdon & Margaret Lewis, Founders of Kokosing Valley School in Gambier, Ohio (Knox County).

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The Kokosing Valley School is based on the Sudbury School Model founded in 1968.  It is a model based on freedom, self-paced learning, mixed peer ages, play, interest exploration, and democratic processes.

It is in fact nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wreck and ruin without fail.

-Albert Einstein

Here are some of the highlights from our conversation:

  • Anastasia and Margaret's backgrounds prior to founding the school in 2015
  • How each person came across the Sudbury model
  • The tipping point for taking action for their children, and why they felt the Sudbury model was the best fit
  • The inspirational, massive action they took to create the school within 7 months
  • are they impacted by the school establishment of the state
  • how the beautiful property contributes to the experience of the students
  • the what a day looks like for the school children
  • the parental support needed to make it successful
  • the benefits the children receive from the Sudbury model, including the value of mixed ages all together
  • historical outcomes of students that have gone through this model
  • their vision for the future and legacy they hope to leave behind

Some resources to learn more about the Sudbury school model or mentioned in the interview:

To contact the school, you may do the following:

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