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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...

Engage

Have the opportunity to learn and engage across all disciplines, without fear of judgment or punishment, in the free market of competing ideas.

Examine

Be encouraged to think freely, build intellectual curiosity, test their thoughts in judgment-free zones, re-examine old opinions, and have the freedom to change their minds and embrace unique perspectives.

Express

Learn to thrive while experiencing some "discomfort" and be taught how to participate in fluid and free discourse. This includes learning how to disagree, respectfully challenge, and engage in the art 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 differing opinions?”

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 curricular decisions made?

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 school heads and other administrators hold this power, but did you know that they are deeply influenced by accreditors?

 

In New England, the prominent accreditor, AISNE (The Association of Independent Schools in New England), specifically states its mission to "[shape] the educational landscape for independent schools..."[1]. 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 to use their position to empower schools to build a culture which values and prioritizes diversity of thought, freedom of discourse, and self-expression.

"AISNE has done such a thorough job advancing DEI work; the natural next step to complement this effort is to vigorously promote diversity of thought."

Want to learn more? Read our Open Letter to AISNE.

FOOTNOTES

[1] Mission and Core Values, AISNE, https://www.aisne.org/about-us/aisne-mission-and-core-values