We believe that the American public schools as developed throughout our history represents the pathway open to all children to intellectual growth, personal development, and opportunity in our society. The public schools serve our society by transmitting our cultural heritage from one generation to the next and by opening to each successive generation the vast accumulation of knowledge and wisdom which constitute our culture.


We believe the public schools have two major responsibilities in our society. The first responsibility is to impart to the students a knowledge of subject matter, to give them an opportunity to become familiar with ideas, to develop an appreciation of the arts, and to teach the skills which will enable them to gain and utilize this knowledge.  Second, the schools must attempt to create a logical and evaluative attitude of mind based on sound values of our society in order that each pupil may become increasingly able to analyze and evaluate intelligently the many issues that will confront them.  By these means, each new generation will be prepared to advance through intelligent participation in the social, political, and economic life of the nation.  Furthermore, each pupil will be equipped through acceptance of moral responsibility to live an enriched personal life.


We believe the public schools should provide a curriculum in which each child may have opportunities to experience achievement, satisfaction, self-realization, and social purpose. The subject matter, scope, and sequence should be so organized that the pupils may have the best opportunities for achieving educational objectives.  In the selection of content to be taught, three points of emphasis are recognized and supported: (1) the nature of an ever changing society for which the schools prepare young people; (2) the nature of children and how they learn; and (3) the nature of organized subject matter.


The board recognizes its obligation to provide or contract for special education programs for all resident children who would benefit from such programs.


Legal Reference:                     Neb. Statute 79-526


                                                NDE Rule 10.012.01A


Cross Reference                      103      Equal Educational Opportunity

                                                104      Educational and Operational Planning

                                                205      School Board Policy Process

                                                601      Goals and Objectives of Instructional Plan

                                                603      Curriculum Development






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