When people ask me what I teach, I often say, at the risk of sounding glib, "intellectual honesty and humility."  What else should we want  from the study of religion and philosophy, from a Friends education? While my classroom is primarily a space for fostering religious literacy and sharpening critical thinking skills, it is also a space for students to grow an awareness of their own assumptions and biases, to practice curiosity, and to ask tough questions of themselves and others, including me. I encourage students to become intimate with both their own limitations and creative potential. Doing so necessitates slowing down, embracing silence, and reflecting on the meaning of our educational experiences. Thomas Merton once said that the least of all learning is done in the classrooms, and at Penn Charter, we cultivate lifelong learners who go on to seek truth and transform the world outside the classrooms. As for me, practicing meditation and learning how to surf keep me both honest and humble.