Liberty both as an end, and as a means

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:

Those who won our independence believed that the final end of the State was to make men free to develop their faculties, and that, in its government, the deliberative forces should prevail over the arbitrary. They valued liberty both as an end, and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness, and courage to be the secret of liberty. They believed that freedom to think as you will and to speak as you think are means indispensable to the discovery and spread of political truth; that, without free speech and assembly, discussion would be futile; that, with them, discussion affords ordinarily adequate protection against the dissemination of noxious doctrine; that the greatest menace to freedom is an inert people; that public discussion is a political duty, and that this should be a fundamental principle of the American government. They recognized the risks to which all human institutions are subject. But they knew that order cannot be secured merely through fear of punishment for its infraction; that it is hazardous to discourage thought, hope and imagination; that fear breeds repression; that repression breeds hate; that hate menaces stable government; that the path of safety lies in the opportunity to discuss freely supposed grievances and proposed remedies, and that the fitting remedy for evil counsels is good ones. Believing in the power of reason as applied through public discussion, they eschewed silence coerced by law — the argument of force in its worst form. Recognizing the occasional tyrannies of governing majorities, they amended the Constitution so that free speech and assembly should be guaranteed.
— Justice Brandeis, joined by Justice Holmes, concurring: Whitney v. California

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.