At a good school teachers and students are
jointly engaged in a search for truth, in what Quakers call continuing revelation.
Students greet the school day with enthusiasm. Teachers and administrators are there to
guide, to respond, to teach, and to learn. They hold high expectations for their students,
knowing that students work toward expectations. And as good teachers grapple with
improving the intellectual abilities of their pupils, they also work to provide a climate
of sensitivity to the human condition, to ensure that our most personal gift, the gift of
our minds, is used in a generous spirit for worthy goals. A good schools overriding
aim is to help each student respond to the best that is in him or her.
From A Quaker Book of Wisdom: Life Lessons
in Simplicity, Service, and Common Sense
by former Head of School Robert Lawrence Smith
Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
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