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Well, there was some good and some bad.
Quakers come from a strict Christian backround. Most Quaker communities on the east coast are very liberal and have beleives today that are broader than Christianity. They beleive that "the light of truth" is found in all people, which is a great message for kids. Children of all faiths were genuinely welcome at our school. However, a lot of the traditional protestant sub-culture remained. If you failed, it was generally seen as the individual's fault. It was very political. If people wanted to get rid of you, they would call you a liar. (Truth is among their most important values.) The problem with this is that everyone is wronge, mistaken, or guilty of white lies at some time. So it tended to get a little witch hunt-y at times. Once they wanted a person silenced, they started to look for mis-truths and the "victum" was left questioning every move they made. Granted, not all communities work this way, but I think that it is important to remember that the protestent work/personal ethic is very alive. People often think that a Quaker school will be a great place for their quirky kid. This is often not so because these kids just can't live up to the standards that are set- and worse, they are led to a deep sense of guilt because they will never reach the perfection that Quakerism advocates.
On a postive note, these communities are often passionate passifists and they make time for a child's spitiual development and exploration. Children who have NO learning disabilites, differences or quirks should prosper at one. Families who love liberal politics and the arts, too should be even batter matched.
Saamy Student mama to and and