The Heart and Soul of a School

October 28, 2103

From the final report of visiting committee to Germantown Friends School with regard to its re-accreditation by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools:

The classroom is the heart and soul of Germantown Friends School, a place where passionate teachers engage their students to think critically, express themselves authentically, respect others’ truths and take responsibility for their own learning. That model is replicated in the Quaker decision-making process employed in the school, in which individual has a voice, issues are addressed critically but with respect for others and participants are expected to share responsibility for the outcome.”

I did not have the good fortune to be a student at Germantown Friends School, but I did serve a few years on its School Committee (board of directors) during the 1980s while I was a member of Germantown Friends Meeting. Every word of this praise seems accurate and deserved to me.

Wouldn’t we want to say the same of any other educational institution, Quaker or other-than-Quaker?

About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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