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 the winter, children undertake an interdisciplinary study of light in both the literal and figurative senses. In science, they investigate what light is, its properties, and how it interacts with different materials. In social studies, they learn about the many ways cultures use light to celebrate life in the darkest months of the year.
A Special Olympian brings his medal to class to talk with the children about high-level competition, and what his life is like as a person with Down’s Syndrome. In music class, children learn about the history and cultural significance of the African-American spiritual tradition. A unit on Japan invites children to study, think, and experience a very different culture. And in the spring they study families with a screening of the documentary That’s a Family!, which provides a robust investigation of the different family structures that make up our society.
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.