Philadelphia Friends Schools, Pennsylvania (Campus History Series)

Philadelphia Friends Schools, Pennsylvania (Campus History Series)

by Friends Council on Education, Janet Chance, Mark Franek
     
 

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William Penn envisioned a society dedicated to religious toleration, participatory government, and liberty. Central to this Holy Experiment was his belief that all children deserved a moral education. In 1689, Penn established a Friends Public School in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Over the years, many Quakers have been similarly inspired, and today there are…  See more details below

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William Penn envisioned a society dedicated to religious toleration, participatory government, and liberty. Central to this Holy Experiment was his belief that all children deserved a moral education. In 1689, Penn established a Friends Public School in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Over the years, many Quakers have been similarly inspired, and today there are 81 member schools in the Friends Council on Education operating in 22 states. This book includes images from the 10 Friends schools founded in or near Philadelphia before the 20th century: Abington Friends School, Frankford Friends School, Friends' Central School, Friends Select School, George School, Germantown Friends School, Greene Street Friends School, Plymouth Meeting Friends School, William Penn Charter School, and Westtown School. Philadelphia Friends Schools tells the photographic story of an educational philosophy rooted in three centuries of faith and practice.

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Title: Philadelphia Friends Schools

Author: Thomas D. Hamm

Publisher: Friends School

Date: September 2009

Arcadia Publishing has developed a minor industry with its publication of attractive, inexpensive paperback collections of images. They usually have localities as their themes, or sometimes institutions; I have purchased volumes that range from images of Ashe County, North Carolina; to postcards of Richmond, Indiana; to cemeteries in Indianapolis. Now Quaker history has joined the pack with this volume.

As is the template for these publications, most of the volume is taken up with photographs. (Although some of these schools trace their history back centuries, the overwhelming majority of the images are from the 20th century.) Janet Chance and Mark Franek provide a brief introduction to the history of Quaker education and the tenets that distinguish Quaker schools today. The book features sections on origins, meeting for worship, inquiry and innovation, community and collaboration, experiential learning, and peace and social justice.

Alumni will probably find that the pictures of worship, science labs, discussion groups and Maypole dancing in the book evoke memories. And while the emphasis is on illustration, the texts are the most substantial that I have seen in anything Arcadia has published. This is no substitute for any of the good individual school histories, or for works like Helen Hole's Things Civil and Useful or Paul Lacey's Growing into Goodness. But it is literate, evocative and true to its subject. One can learn much about Friends schools from it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738562421
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
03/28/2009
Series:
Campus History Series
Pages:
127
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author


Janet Chance serves as the lower school director at William Penn Charter School and cofacilitates the Friends Council on Education's Spirited Practice and Renewed Courage program. Mark Franek is a former dean of students at a Friends school. He is currently a member of the English department at Cabrini College. The Friends Council on Education promotes the theory and practice of Quaker education and provides a professional development network that preserves the heritage and inspires the future of Friends education.

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