Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

A Query: Do I Recognize When I Have Enough?

Simplicity is a core Quaker value. A query printed in the Cannon Valley Friends Meeting newsletter asks: “Do I recognize when I have enough?” It’s hard not to think about this in December when consumerism slaps us in the face: newspapers print photos of shoppers who line up for hours to be among the first to get in to the store, magazines help us figure out appropriate gifts for everyone on.. Read More

Why a School Bags and Sells Coffee

About every six weeks or so the Friends School of Minnesota building fills with the fabulous aroma of coffee beans; it’s a coffee-bagging day for the 7th and 8th graders. The school orders bulk coffee from local coffee roaster/distributor Peace Coffee. Their coffee is organically and shade-grown, and is purchased under fair trade conditions. And it’s delicious! Our youth work together to weigh and package six kinds of whole bean.. Read More