Quaker Values: Educational Beliefs
- It is our conviction that there is “that of God” in every person. Our belief that every human being is of infinite importance requires us to give consideration and respect to one another.
- We believe diversity — in religion, race, sex, nationality, age, economic condition — fosters growth when it exists in an atmosphere of loving appreciation and free communication.
- The peace testimony is basic to Quakerism. Conflicts should be resolved without resorting to violence, either physical or psychological.
- Nurture of the spirit is as central to the purpose of a Friends school as development of mind and body.
- Meeting for Worship is a vital part of the spiritual and educational experience at MFS, representing an individual and a corporate searching for truth.
- As the individual is deserving of love and respect, so is the school community of which the individual is a part. Individual conviction and initiative must be moderated by a recognition of responsibility toward that community.
- There is a responsibility toward the larger community. The school is a living part of contemporary society, and should be actively concerned with and involved in its problems and opportunities.
- The Quaker Meeting for Worship for Business, with its search for unity through a sense of the meeting, should provide insight for the decision-making process within the school community. To the extent that the school reflects the concerns and convictions of Quakerism, individuals will also reflect them.
- Friends’ concern and involvement in education includes a commitment to the academic disciplines as well as openness to critical and objective appraisal of our society and its values. We trust our students to do their best work and maintain academic integrity.
- The simplicity which Friends have sought in their lives is a means to a heightened awareness of spiritual values and human dignity. Simplicity, directness, integrity, and moderation should characterize the atmosphere at MFS.