Barrack prides itself in the diversity of its student body and faculty, but diversity alone is not sufficient to create a pluralistic environment. Pluralism is the energetic, intentional, and conscious engagement with diversity. At Barrack, pluralism is not just tolerance, but the active seeking of understanding. It does not imply that there are no absolute truths, nor does it demand that we consider all points of view to be equally valid. The language of pluralism is that of dialogue and encounter, give and take, criticism and self-criticism. Dialogue means both speaking and listening, and that process reveals both common understandings and real differences. Dialogue does not require agreement; rather, it demands that we bring our individual identities and deeply-held beliefs to a meaningful, respectful conversation with others.
Note: Click here to read about Pluralism in the context of the Philosophy & Goals of the school.
Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy • 272 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 • 610-922-2300
Accredited by Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) and Secondary Schools Partnering with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia