This required ninth grade course begins with an introduction to life at George School and to the application of Quaker practices as a framework for living. Through a combination of classroom activities and experiential learning, students learn about living responsibly in a Quaker community. Students are then introduced to the study of religions, and to the traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Topics include the history and beliefs of each tradition, worship and ritual, festivals, sacred scriptures, and rites of passage. Students use factual information to engage in personal reflection on ethical and religious questions. The course develops the skills of synthesizing information and concepts, comparing different worldviews, independently following a term-length syllabus, working collaboratively, writing reflectively and critically, and applying information within different contexts. The course employs a variety of pedagogical methods including class discussion, lecture, informational and instructional videos, and documentary films. Homework includes reading, factual and reflective writing, in-class presentations, and small-group research projects.
Open to: Freshmen