This coming fall, two women from Wichita are planning to open the first Sudbury School in the state of Kansas.
The school follows a non-traditional model of education, putting the responsibility for learning on each individual student.
Joanna Jenkins is helping to spearhead the new school. She says the model embraces a child's natural curiosity.
"When you think about young children, one of the things that pops up into your head is the non-stop stream of questions that they will ask you," Jenkins says. "And so many parents go, 'OK, I have so many adult responsibilities right now, I don't have time to answer each and every one of your silly questions.' But what if you could give your child the opportunity to answer them for themselves?"
Jenkins says the school will help to fill a gap for parents who cannot afford the existing private schools in Wichita, but want more for the children than a public education provides. An informational meeting on the Wichita Sudbury School will be held at 6:30 Friday evening at the Twisted Java Coffee Bar.
An Additional meeting is schedule for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at the Common Grounds Coffee House on Douglas between Hillside and Grove.
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