11th Grade

Quaker Education

At the root of Quakerism is the idea that every person has a divine Inner Light and is equally deserving of love and respect.  We teach children to ask questions, to reason through answers, and to expect the very best from themselves, their classmates, and their teachers.

Weekly Meeting for Worship offers unprogrammed space for worship, meditation, or simply reflective thinking.  When a member of our community feels moved to share, they stand and speak publicly to the group before settling back into silence, giving everyone something new to consider if they wish.  In their advisory groups, students plan topics for consideration in Meeting for Worship.

In English, juniors learn about the Transcendentalists, whose philosophy mirrors closely many of the principles of Quakerism, and who encourage people to take thoughtful care of the Earth for our own and others’ well-being.  Studying modernist authors brings them face-to-face with questions of economic equality and injustice, and the responsible (and irresponsible) ways that people respond to these intransigent problems.

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Juniors also have access to a broadening array of electives, including religious education classes, Psychology, and Medical Ethics.  In all of these classes, they are challenged to consider complex problems using the tenets of Quaker beliefs as a compass.

Students also regularly reflect on how we live the values of Quakerism in our lives: simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship (SPICES).  In particular, we ask ourselves:

Simplicity: Does the way I spend my time help me make the best possible contributions to my school? How might I communicate with more honesty, clarity, and simplicity?

Peace: How can I nurture the seeds of peace within myself, my community, and the world? How can I work to settle disputes with sensitivity for all involved?

Integrity: How do my interactions with other people reflect my beliefs and values?  How do I develop my beliefs and values?

Community: How do I participate fully in making our community a welcoming, respectful, and caring place?

Equality: How can I speak up and take action in a kind way when I see and hear injustices?  How do I respond to opportunities to build relationships with people whose backgrounds differ from mine?

Stewardship: How do I care for “learning, people, and place” at Moses Brown?  How do I help others recognize and use their gifts?

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