As well as receiving an education devoted to achieving the best academic performance possible, a Quaker school teaches children to understand responsibility, spirituality and being part of a community. In fact one of the basic beliefs of a Quaker school is that everyone is both a teacher and learner. Students are considered to be teachers because they bring their own talents and gifts they were born with to the school. These are talents they can use to teach others. Students are also actively encouraged to be open and vocal about any concerns they may have. In fact the Quaker faith believes that if students are allowed to voice their opinions they will improve their character and make them the person that they want to be when they are older.
As you can already see, a Quaker education is a social one. But how can a schooling environment manage to be both educationally and socially responsible? Well, at a Quaker school, students not only carry out their schooling work but they also learn how to prepare themselves for college and life in general. The problem many students face when they attend a private boarding school is that they have not been given the skills to communicate and socialise with people outside of their private boarding school environment. This means when they leave school and look for a career they find it difficult. However, the Quaker education system ensures that students live life to the fullest beyond the limitations of the school.
They are taught to lead by example and to respect the talents and opinions of other people as they learn from them. After all, there is something to be learnt from everyone. At a school from the Society of Friends, students are encouraged to get out into the community and even go on community projects abroad where they can learn a new language and experience different cultures different from their own. They also have a deep commitment to the environment and have a number of eco-friendly policies that are firmly in place but tend to not get talked about.
As previously mentioned the Quaker school education system follows a belief which should be evident in students’ daily actions. They do not attend any religious meetings but are advised that religion is a way of life that promotes equality, integrity, simplicity and peacefulness which they can learn from in their day to day life.
You should note that Quaker schools do not try to convert people to the Quaker religion so anyone of any culture and religion can attend this type of private boarding school. In fact students of the Quaker faith only make up a small proportion of the school.