The Legacy of Friends Education

The Religious Society of Friends has a long and distinguished history of exceptional schools. Believing there is that of God in every person, Quakers are committed to truth, peace, equality, and respect for the individual. Education is a natural expression of these values. In the 17th century, Friends were among the first to establish schools for both boys and girls, for poor children and later for minorities. The commitment to serve children of many backgrounds remains strong today, with over 80 Friends schools now thriving in the United States. All are communities that care deeply about what kind of persons their members are becoming. Quaker values call for the respect of all beliefs and honor each individual's search. This approach is one of the clear strengths of a Friends education.

For a 5 minute movie on Quaker education, visit Mind Media Independence

For more on Friends education, visit the Friends Council on Education

For more information about regional Quaker organizations, visit Portland Friends Meeting or  New England Yearly Meeting

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