The forms of education championed by Quakers over the past 350 years have always aimed at embracing and bettering the world. Quakers played a leading role in the women’s suffrage and pacifist movements in the United States, the latter leading to receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947.
In the 17th century, George Fox, the founder of the Religious Society of Friends, encouraged early Quakers to “live adventurously; let your life speak.” This call to live deliberately, to focus on service, civic engagement and justice, found expression in our school’s founder, Moses Brown. His life spoke through his actions as a community leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist, and through his leadership at the forefront of both the abolitionist movement and the birth of the textile industry in America.
The same Friends values embraced by our founder, Moses Brown, continue to inspire the work of educators at Moses Brown School. The Friends view of integrity, as an example, is very important as it relates to seeking a full truth and fostering a genuine spirit of inquiry. In this educational setting, children are encouraged to ask many questions, to search multiple sources, to respect the opinions of others, and to discover their own truths. It is a model that builds confidence and character, while helping children develop their unique inner promise. The result is a graduate with the talents, skills and ethical mindset needed to live and lead in the 21st century.