at Dalton, the philosophical foundation of Helen Parkhurst’s Dalton Plan will eventually become evident. Whether examining the use of technology in classrooms or the embracing of Dalton’s Global Initiatives; teachers and students considering the interplay between new ideas and the time-tested structures of Assignment, House, and Lab are common occurrences at Dalton.
In the Middle School, this idea remains true when considering the themes of Character and Community. Evidence of students wrestling with relevant moral and ethical questions can be found throughout their middle school journey. Sometimes, these questions are explicit, as when students may be asked to consider the moral and ethical implications a main character’s choices in a novel, or the potential impact of human beings on Global Warming. In other instances, however, these questions are a natural part of a middle schooler’s social emotional development: What makes a good friend or teammate? When should I speak and when should I listen? How do I make a positive contribution to my school community and my community at-large?