Moses Brown was one of the leading abolitionists of colonial America, and in establishing the school that now bears his name, he insisted that it be open to boys and girls of all religious affiliations. The concept around which everything revolves at Moses Brown is the Quaker belief that every person has a divine Inner Light and is equally deserving of love and respect.
In studying the Holocaust, Vietnam war, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the major religious traditions around the world, tenth graders are regularly challenged to see the world from others’ points of view. In this way, they see how they can make a positive contribution to others’ lives, and how others can make a contribution to theirs. They are asked to bear their portion of our collective responsibility to make each school day safe and nurturing for all members of our community, and to seek out opportunities to show courage and leadership in the face of injustice.
Visiting facilitators like Dr. Liza Talusan help students learn to have challenging conversations and overcome own biases. Discussion groups in advisories and classrooms address questions of race, class, socioeconomics, and gender identity. Student-led groups convene around issues of identity and social justice. These include the GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance), Equal Voice (addressing issues of gender equity), GirlUp, and SLAM (addressing issues of race and ethnicity). Tenth graders are also able to participate in race-based affinity groups, including a white ally group, a students of color group, and an Asian-American student affinity group.
Lessons, activities and events are woven throughout the year, providing constant reminders that the core principle of our Quaker tradition–that everyone has an Inner Light and deserves respect–builds a community that is fair, just, and all the richer for its diverse contributors.Inquire