Whether studying world religions, the history of American immigration, or learning about the many countries and cultures on the African continent–and connecting with peers in Kenya–developing an awareness of the wider world is a central part of fourth grade at Moses Brown.
Fourth graders learn that there are always multiple sides to a story, and many valid and valuable approaches to life, knowledge essential to being a thoughtful and engaged citizen of the 21st century. They play the World Peace Game, which requires them to consider others’ viewpoints as they wrestle with international relations and global problems–50 interlocking challenges that they need to solve in 20 hours. It’s all part of learning that the way we’re used to isn’t the only way people live. And the more we know that, the more we appreciate difference and can empathize with people unlike ourselves.
And while these lessons are engaging and enlightening, there are some things that can only be learned by going out and seeing for yourself. That is why kids have a range of travel opportunities, from day trips to overnights that begin to shape students’ sense of self out in the world, away from parents. These experiences build tremendous confidence in kids, and establish friendships that last a lifetime.Inquire