We picked up the Sunday paper, and I see that Jen Brokaw, daughter of Tom, put her children in a Quaker school though she isn't Quaker. Reading some of Jen's comments, I see why it might be a good thing for others to consider, especially after seeing Little Miss Sunshine, which, near the end, shows a display of the distortion of American values.
The Quaker spiritual philosophy has kindergarten children sitting in silence and reflection for twenty minutes. By high school they sit and reflect for up to an hour.
Jen says, "My dad was here and we went to "Monet in Normandy" at the Legion of Honor. There were 54 paintings in the exhibition. My two kids at ages 7 and 9 stopped in front of each painting and reflected on it. My dad couldn't believe it. I said, "I have to credit their school."
Maybe we should all visit a Quaker school. Imagine a nation of people capable of sitting quietly to reflect. I was surprised to read of and see the strong Quaker influence on Nantucket. Those were different times, and yet, it appears the Quaker values are still holding strong. Hooray!