7th Grade

Ethical Leadership

Sometimes moral questions are simple, sometimes not.  Moses Brown uses Quaker values as a guide to keep the easy questions clear, and as a way to find one’s way when things get murky.  Put simply, Quakers believe that every person has a divine Inner Light, and that no one has a unique claim on the Truth.  As such, everyone deserves love and respect, and bears responsibility for making the kind of community we all want to live in.  We demonstrate this shared responsibility and inherent equality, among other ways, through the Quaker custom of having adults and students address one another by their first names.

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.


Advisors help students develop conflict resolution skills, and lead discussions about what it means to be a good friend and make healthy choices. Advisories are also a time for conversations around the importance of honesty and integrity.

Seventh graders find ethical questions woven into academic units throughout the year.  When studying the ecology of wolves in Yellowstone National Park and concurrently reading Never Cry Wolf, they consider questions of stereotype.  They delve into substantive questions that have no easy answer: was Christopher Columbus a hero?  A villain?  Both?  Neither?  They raise money for underserved readers in Jamaica and help younger students.

At the beginning of the year, team trips build strong relationships and a sense of common purpose among students and faculty.  Throughout the year, homeroom events and class discussions continuously urge students to consider the moral dimensions of academic questions.  In collaborations with the Refugee Dream Center, Conversations about Reading Sessions (CARS), and the Islamic American School, seventh graders have many opportunities to see how they can make a positive contribution to others’ lives.


Maureen Nagle

Middle School English, MS English Department Chair, Ethical Leadership Tri-Clerk

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Maureen Nagle

Providence College – B.A.
Trinity College of Dublin – M.Phil.

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