As we approach the presidential election year of 2020, we educators are giving a great deal of thought to our role in creating an environment where young people can learn and practice the art of responsible citizenship.
The 2019 Friends Magazine has arrived and for this edition’s Query, the editors would like to know: Which of the Quaker SPICES do you find it most challenging to live into—and why?
September 3, 2019 In our opening meetings a few weeks ago, my colleagues and I discussed the demands we, as educators, face at this contentious moment in history. Given the toxicity of current political discourse and the immanence of the 2020 presidential election, we, like so many of our fellow Americans, are bracing ourselves forContinue reading “A Modest Proposal”
Do private schools serve the community? Posted by Heidi Blalock, Director of Communications on Oct 17, 2018 1:29:19 PM In the opening Query of the newly published 2018 issue of Friends Magazine, editor Sue DePasquale posed the following question to members of the School community: What, if any, responsibility do Baltimore’s independent schools have to beContinue reading “Do Private Schools Serve the Community?”
Posted by Jay Golon, Middle School Principal on Nov 14, 2017 2:16:43 PM I first encountered “The Middle School Paradox” as a graduate student living in Boston. I was visiting a school when I saw it posted prominently on the wall — six little words that would change my life. “Know Thyself. Then, Get OverContinue reading “Building Empathy and Curiosity in Middle School”
Posted by Matt Micciche, Head of School, Friends School of Baltimore on Apr 26, 2019 3:03:00 PM I read recently an article by New York Times columnist David Brooks entitled “Five Lies Our Culture Tells Us.” Brooks has, for several years, been tracing problematic issues in our politics and public life to their deeper rootsContinue reading “Empowering Students Beyond the Classroom”
Posted by Anne McGinty, Director of Physical Education on Dec 5, 2017 3:22:47 PM It’s 9 am and 15 third graders straggle into the gym for physical education class, something students in grades 1-5 do, on average, 3 days a week at our school. (Students in grades 6-12 take phys. ed. once or twice aContinue reading “Exercise and the Brain”
Posted by Matt Micciche, Head of School, Friends School of Baltimore on Dec 20, 2018 2:18:29 PM Exam Week; hardly a phrase that conjures visions of innovation in pedagogy or laughter and collaboration among students. And yet, for 10th grade U.S. history students, all of these qualities were on display yesterday during a most-inventive finalContinue reading “Final Exams: Are we having fun yet? Actually, yes.”
Posted by Heidi Blalock, Director of Communications on Oct 18, 2017 9:39:53 This week we are thrilled to launch our newly reimagined school magazine, simply titled Friends. Among the editorial innovations readers will discover is an opening Query, in which we have posed a compelling question and invited members of the community to weigh in. TheirContinue reading “How Can Schools Foster Safe Spaces and Freedom of Expression?”
Posted by Matt Micciche, Head of School, Friends School of Baltimore on Mar 7, 2019 1:57:49 PM This past week, several of my Friends colleagues and I traveled to Long Beach, Calif. for the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) conference. The theme for this year’s gathering was “Reimagining Independent Schools” — a subject thatContinue reading “From the Inside out: Reimagining School in the Information Age”