Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

What is Green?

FSM alumnus Alex Christensen’s commentary for the Star Tribune “Questioning the ‘greening’ of America“ challenges us to ask “What is green?”  Alex is currently a student at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, studying Environmental Studies and Spanish.

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

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