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 students of all affiliations.
Moses Brown teaches children to celebrate the differences between people. This stems from the Quaker belief that every person has a divine Inner Light, and thus is equally deserving of love and respect.
In social studies, a unit on World Religions gives students a foundational understanding of six major religions and poses hard questions about religious intolerance. Throughout the year, members of the Moses Brown community visit class to share personal stories of immigration and refugee experiences. Students then reflect on their own family histories, learning about themselves, their families, and the remarkable similarities in the journeys their families have undertaken to become American.
Through pen-pal and photo exchanges, children build meaningful connections with fourth graders in Kenya, and break apart stereotypes about Africans–and the stereotypes they hold about Americans. Third, fourth, and fifth graders also participate in cross-grade diversity workshops that focus on identity and equity. They read texts like The Mask We Live In, which explores the impact of gender bias in media messaging, and The Courageous Stories of Jacob and Jazz, which uses the stories of Jazz Jennings and Jacob Lemay convey the experiences of transgender children.
These lessons are woven throughout the year, building the values and skills that students will need to succeed in an increasingly global and interconnected world, and creating an educational environment that is just and affirming for every child.Inquire