4th 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.

In connection with science class, fourth graders at Moses Brown study trash, landfills, and the impact of human activity on the Earth.  Children write, film, and edit public service announcement videos to educate the MB community about environmental issues.  In doing so, we see how the Quaker values of stewardship and community interweave everything we study, reinforcing the idea that we are all connected, we all matter, and we all bear the responsibility of taking care of one another.

Fourth graders attend weekly Meeting for Worship with the rest of lower school, learning to calm their minds and bodies for an age-appropriate period of silent reflection.  Third, fourth, and fifth graders in SPARK (Students for Peace Acting with Responsibility and Kindness) plan these meetings, write reflective queries, and read them aloud for the entire school to consider.



Jen McFadden

Director of Friends Education, US Humanities


Jen McFadden

Georgetown University – Ph.D
Georgetown University – MS
Colorado College – B.A.

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