1.      Intellectual development


The schools will strive to develop the intellectual capacity and to stimulate the intellectual curiosity and creative ability of each child to the greatest possible degree.


The major portion of the school program is dedicated to the intellectual development of children. Subject matter and skills are taught in a manner that promote thinking, critical analysis and application of knowledge and skills. Children will find out how knowledge is discovered and used. Learning experiences lead to the use of libraries and other sources of information. A genuine love of learning will lead to a lifelong pursuit of knowledge.


2.      Promotion of health


The schools will provide for the development of physical and mental health.


The schools provide a healthful environment for children. Health and physical education emphasize the development of desirable health, safety practices, and physical fitness through games, activities, and desirable recreation that will develop a strong mind and body.


3.      Promotion of the appreciation of our fellow man and respect for individuality and self.


The schools will educate for the recognition of an appreciation for the worth, dignity, and individuality of each person in our society.


There are some values that are so highly regarded in America that the schools must constantly keep them in mind so that children will have every opportunity to develop fine character and human understanding. In this respect, the schools support and supplement the training children receive from their families and by their religious organizations. Such traits as honesty, loyalty, kindness, fairness, courage, industry, responsibility, initiative, and respect are important to good character and are developed through the school program.


We must also include in our teaching the love of country and liberty--these blessings are dependent upon our democratic society.


Schools provide a balanced program of instruction with many opportunities to provide for varied abilities, interests, and educational needs. In this way, schools recognize the individuality of children and encourage each to develop to his potential according to his abilities, aspirations and interests.


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4.      Preparation for social and economic efficiency


The schools will assist each child to become socially and economically effective. The schools strive to give a command of the fundamental skills and general education. Each child should learn to respect effort and accomplishment in all fields of honest endeavor and to work effectively with others.


5.      Application of and preparation for our way of life


The schools will help children develop an understanding of an appreciation of our culture and our social institutions.


The family, school, and the church are principal institutions which perpetuate the basic value of our society. The schools help children understand and respect each of these institutions. Further the schools assist children in preparing for responsibilities in those institutions. Our heritage and our values are taught through direct learning experiences. The schools promote the development of sensitivity to and understanding of art, music, and literature as they contribute to the enrichment of our culture.


6.      Preparation for participation in government


The schools should prepare children for intelligent participation in our society and in the process by which our society is governed and improved.


Through study and through participation in activities, children learn their rights, duties, and responsibilities as citizens. Such activities help children develop an appreciation of and loyalty to the ideal of liberty as best guaranteed through our representative government and democratic processes. Democracy enables a man to express himself and his responsibility to abide by the majority rule. The school must provide an opportunity for students to:


a.       Develop respect for rights of others as freedom exists only to the extent that it does not infringe upon the freedom of others.

b.      Respect for authority as authority in a democracy rests in the hands of the people.

c.       To learn that our form of democracy demands for its survival a high degree of responsibility and self discipline on the part of each person.


7.      Understanding of the changing world


The schools should help children understand the changing world in which we live. Our world is changing at an accelerated rate. The schools impart a knowledge and understanding of social studies, the arts and sciences, and their potentials for enriching life and establishing world peace. All of the things taught by the schools should be prepared in such a manner as to promote the ability to evaluate, make judgements, and apply knowledge to new situations. In this way, our children will be better prepared to meet the problems of the future.

8.      Conclusion


We believe that any philosophy of education is dependent upon the abilities of the educators as they endeavor to implement its provisions. The final analysis rests with people who are dedicated.


Legal Reference:                     NDE Rule 10.012.01A