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Felix Adler believed in interrelatedness. The belief that every person impacts the lives of those around them. Our ethics and diversity curriculum and program affirm this belief. Students are taught how to recognize unfairness, how to be an ally to others, and to recognize the gifts that they have. These are life lessons that we hope will develop critical thinkers and active participants in the world around them.
We know that students learn best in a diverse community and as a result we believe that every child and adult should be able to bring their full selves into school every day. This belief was affirmed in a diversity statement endorsed by our Board of Trustees in 2013:
The Ethical Culture Fieldston School has a long history of equity and inclusion deeply rooted in our mission and the educational philosophy of our founder, Felix Adler. We embrace diversity of ancestry, family, identity, culture, and belief and seek a student body and faculty that reflect the pluralism and socio-economic diversity of metropolitan New York. We affirm both our differences and commonalities, and strive to balance individuality and community. In keeping with our progressive tradition, we are dedicated to increasing our students’ cultural literacy to help them understand multiple perspectives, and see the world beyond the self.
We expect members of our community to engage in open dialogue about living and learning in a diverse environment inside and outside the classroom. We see this work, with its creative tensions, as a catalyst for individual and collective growth. On a daily basis, we are committed to making this vision of a democratic, pluralistic and progressive school a reality.
English teacher Ricco Siasoco has been selected to attend a National Endowment for the Humanities program on Asian Pacific Americans in the Northwest.
Last week, the entire Fieldston Lower student body was treated to lessons in and performances of dances from across Africa. A group from the music education non-profit Midori & Friends met with students and taught them the diversity of musical and dancing traditions across Africa’s 54 countries.
Ethical Culture second graders traveled 100 years into the past, thanks to the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side.