Law & Order: Alpine Valley School

In the Alpine Valley School Family Handbook, we provide the following brief description of Judicial Committee: The Judicial Committee (JC) investigates complaints of alleged Lawbook violations written by School Meeting Members. Those charged may plead guilty and receive a sentence, or they may plead not guilty and take their case to trial. The JC maintains … Continue reading Law & Order: Alpine Valley School

Trusting Our Children, Trusting Ourselves

My son is fifteen months old and he just now started to walk. Despite repeated assertions from trained  professionals that he should be walking at eleven months old, or twelve months at the latest, he still wasn’t. And even I, a graduate of Alpine Valley School and a champion of individual freedoms, got worried. The … Continue reading Trusting Our Children, Trusting Ourselves

Responsible For Their Lives

One of my favorite authors and someone whose work has beneficially impacted my life is Brene Brown, a research professor and social scientist. She writes, lectures and gives workshops about what she has learned in her research on vulnerability, authenticity and worthiness and what an important part they play in living a wholehearted life. (Brene … Continue reading Responsible For Their Lives

Successful Struggles

In a striking passage near the end of Daring Greatly, Brené Brown addresses the topic of helicopter parenting, emphasizing both the difficulty and the necessity of letting kids struggle: There seems to be growing concern on the part of parents and teachers that children are not learning how to handle adversity or disappointment because we’re … Continue reading Successful Struggles

The Cure for the Summertime Blues

We’re through our first month of summer, and already students are asking when the new school year is going to start. One AVS student recently complained to me, “Summertime is boring. There’s nothing happening!” While most students seem to share the sentiment that they wish summer would hurry by faster, many nonetheless find ways to … Continue reading The Cure for the Summertime Blues