8th 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, and 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.

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Eighth graders learn to serve others, volunteering to show new students around school on visit days, helping Montana ranchers repair cattle fencing on summer trips, or serving as research assistants to scientists in Puerto Rico.

In their classes, they consider events from multiple perspectives, giving attention to voices that are frequently left out of the history books and exploring the moral dimensions of world events like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Rwandan genocide, and the history of the Kurdish people.

Students keep journals to help us reflect on how we live the basic 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?

Faculty

Barbara von Salis

Director of Friends Education

About

Barbara von Salis

Smith College – B.A.
Hunter College – M.A.

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