Our mission is to ensure that independent schools promote a culture that values and prioritizes true diversity of thought, freedom of discourse, and self-expression.
Curious young minds should
Have the opportunity to learn and engage, across all disciplines, in
the free market of competing
ideas. Students must develop
21st Century Skills — critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.
Be encouraged to think freely, build intellectual curiosity, re-examine old opinions, test their thoughts in judgment-free zones, and have the freedom to change their minds and embrace unique perspectives.
Learn to thrive while experiencing some "discomfort" and be taught
how to participate in fluid and free discourse -including learning how to disagree, respectfully challenge, and engage in the arts of persuasion and debate, and most importantly be able to make and learn from mistakes.
It's not happening
Our concern is that students are being taught what to think, rather than how to critically form and express their own beliefs, thoughts, and perspectives. That led us to ask "Why is this happening in K-12 education when students should be learning to listen to, care about, and respectfully disagree with opposing views?”
Keep scrolling to find out more about how this is affecting your child's education.
Why the urgency?
Do you know what your kids are learning at school?
Are teachers equipped to facilitate conversations and provide balanced perspectives?
How are curriculum
We are a group of parents, students, and educators who are working to ensure critical thinking skills and diversity of thought within K-12 education. This summer, schools will be going through an unprecedented curricular review in response to current events. We expect our schools to provide balanced perspectives and teach students how to engage in civil discourse. But how do schools decide what to include in their curriculum and teacher training? On the surface, it may appear that heads of school and other administrators hold this power, but did you know that they may be deeply influenced by accreditors?
In New England, there are several prominent accreditors; one of these, AISNE (The Association of Independent Schools in New England), specifically states its mission to "[shape] the educational landscape for independent schools...". In fact, they have proven to be a necessary resource to schools in this region as accreditation ensures educational integrity and provides critical resources to school leadership. However, this influence demands accountability and we believe they have a great responsibility to represent a variety of perspectives and prioritize diversity of thought.
We are asking AISNE and NEASC to use their position to encourage schools to build a culture which values and prioritizes intellectual diversity and freedom of speech.
"AISNE has used its platform to advance and promote DEI work; the natural next step is for accreditors to complement this effort by vigorously promoting diversity of thought".