Friends School of Minnesota Blog

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Susan Nagel

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Why Mixed-Age Classrooms?

Parents looking at schools often ask why Friends School of Minnesota has mixed-age classrooms. In short, we believe that mixed-age classrooms room build community – which is a core Quaker value and a foundation of progressive education. Learning to work with people of different ages and abilities is what life is all about. Classrooms are great places to start.

How Much Homework?

A common question for prospective parents to ask me is, “How much homework is there?” It’s a great question because it gets right to the heart of a school’s educational philosophy. The amount of homework, the types of assignments and the reasons homework is assigned tells you a lot about what a school believes is important. 

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Robert Frost’s poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening is so well known that we might not even give it much thought. But this poem comes to mind as I sit here in Minnesota on an oddly brown December day yearning for snow, considering the passing of the longest night of the year, and anticipating festive gatherings of family and friends. Frost’s quiet pause on a snowy night reminds me.. Read More