At Jerusalem’s Flagship Democratic School, Curriculum Is in the Hands of the Students

At the Jerusalem Sudbury Democratic School, there are no classes, no school bells and no tests, and even the youngest kids get to take part in key decisions - like which teachers should be fired.

Dozens of students and teachers from the Jerusalem Sudbury Democratic School attended an assembly on Wednesday. But unlike assemblies in other schools, the students did not sit and listen to the speeches of the teachers, staff and principal. The “School Meeting” was run, as it is every week, by Katherine Leff, an 18-year-old Sudbury student. The School Meeting discusses such matters as suspending...