Through geography and history, students explore the diversity of their school, community, city, country, and world, and develop an understanding of the complexity of the environment in which they live. Discussions and activities are designed to foster a capacity for thoughtful and intelligent communication. The curriculum engages boys in challenging discussions and activities designed to foster a capacity for responsible leadership and independent thinking, and it is structured to emphasize concern and respect for each individual. While exploring the cultural diversity of the school and the world, students also learn to appreciate and protect our human and natural resources and to interpret a variety of maps. Community service activities, undertaken when appropriate, encourage students to be responsible and caring citizens.
To help the boys to become independent, self-reliant, and sensitive to the needs of others, the year begins by exploring the Browning community and the ways in which individuals function as part of that community. This exploration of the individual, called “All About You,” is then expanded to include the world community by studying the many cultures found in the student population and by exploring the cultures of people from other parts of the world. Family traditions, history, art, and literature from countries around the globe are discussed. Guest speakers, walking tours, and field trips help the boys form an understanding of their position in the community and a respect for communities other than their own. Historical events and famous people who have helped shape the world are discussed.