LIFE VALUES

What are the Educational Aims?

It is the function of public schools to help every child to develop:

1. CHARACTER

This includes those social-moral habits such as honesty, fair dealing, keeping a promise, taking responsibility, promptness, obedience, self-control, tolerance, reverence, good manners, patriotism, economy in the use of materials, and seeing things through.

2. HEALTH

This implies the acquisition of a sound body, normal mental attitudes, and right habits with regard to both personal and community hygiene.

3. FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS

This involves not only a thoroughness in reading, writing, arithmetic, and the elements of oral and written expression, but also the acquisition of the scientific method and attitude toward life.

4. ALERTNESS TO CURRENT PROBLEMS AND SOCIAL CHANGES

A vital interest is needed in the current issues and problems which affect our social processes and social change. This includes an understanding not only of how our government and institutions shall be organized, but how they actually work.

5. REFLECTIVE THINKING

Every child should develop an ability to choose, to discuss, to do independent thinking, to organize and express ideas, to solve problems, and to form judgments. He should also possess the techniques of effective study habits.

6. SOCIAL ADJUSTABILITY

This means the capacity for associated living and for easy adjustment in cooperative enterprises.

7. CREATIVENESS AND APPRECIATIONS

This involves an ability to create and to express original ideas, and to enjoy good tastes in the field of literature, art, and music.

8. A VOCATIONAL INTERESTS

This means the desire to enjoy all worth while activities, and to participate in leisure time employments.

9. VOCATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL ORIENTATION

Having examined their own interests and abilities and having studied vocational and educational opportunities, students should have the background for more reliable vocational and educational choices.

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