It is summer at the Brandeis campus, the floors are being cleaned for the new school year, and soon students will return to the five schools located here. When they do, some of the noisiest, most energetic classrooms will be found spread across the basement, first, and second floors at the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers.
We are proud of that noise, that energy. And we think Justice Brandeis, for whom our campus is named, would be to. Here's what he had to say back in 1927:
At UAGC, we believe in student freedom - of speech, of movement - to allow for the greatest autonomy within the established norms of each classroom. This belief is deeply rooted in how we think about democracy - that "freedom to think as you will and to speak as you think are means indispensable to the discovery of political [and we might add, all] truth." Our classrooms are noisier than most, but it is the noise of a free people, making mistakes, discussing freely, and guaranteeing our freedom.