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 Rwandan genocide, the history of the Kurdish people, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, eighth 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. We ask them 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.
To help us with this work, visiting speakers and authors discuss their experiences–people like Omar Bah from the Refugee Dream Center, poet Sarah Kay, and writers Bryan Collier, Adam Gidwitz, Gene Luen Yang, and David Isay, founder of StoryCorps. Student-led discussion forums, affinity groups, and conferences give children practice discussing challenging topics and supporting one another, and the GSA (Gender and Sexuality Awareness) student group provides support for students discovering their sexual identities.
For all of the work in the classroom, middle school days are full of learning (and teachable) moments across campus. Caring faculty and staff help students both discover who they are and appreciate the differences around them. In doing so, they hone the values and skills they will need to succeed in an interconnected world, and create an educational environment that is just and affirming for every child.Inquire