What Values? Whose Values?
- Universal Values are beliefs that are accompanied by actions that uplift or benefit
- SNS does not prescribe specific values though we believe that there are universal
values we can all agree upon. Many of these are common to all school communities,
and consistent with values held by other countries and cultures. Each school community
can come up with its own set of universal values such as: Sharing, Honesty, Friendliness,
Co-operation, Truthfulness, Compassion, Helpfulness, Courage, Responsibility.
- In the SNS curriculum, we have indicated those virtues and values that we have identified
as most relevant to the majority of contexts but a teacher, in consultation with
the school members and the community, may discuss other virtues and values to adopt
in addition to the suggested ones.
- The diagram below represents the content of education of a fully literate person
in the 3rd millennium as defined by SNS. This framework has been adopted from the
Council for Global Education’s Framework for Education as the following page describes.
SNS – The Content of Education
UNIVERSAL VALUES SPIRIT (to be)Values and character to lead a virtuous
EXCELLENCE IN ALL THINGS MIND (to know)Knowledge and ability to
do the best relative to one self
GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING HEART (to love) Attitudes of universal brotherhood
and reverence for life
SERVICE TO HUMANITY BODY (to do) Skills to serve humanity and contribute
in one’s unique ways to the betterment of the world
Virtues and Qualities
Virtues and qualities to be acquired for each of the four building blocks of education
as defined by the Council for Global Education are as follows:
Values : Nurture the character traits and universal values of respect
and responsibility, honesty, kindness, openness, truthfulness, patience, courtesy,
trustworthiness, courage, loyalty among others
Understanding : understanding, helpfulness, co-operation, ability to
in All Things : to compete against oneself and not simply others, to
believe in the potential of every child to become a light of this world, a potential
Mahatma Gandhi or an Abraham Lincoln, and to not limit a child by our expectations.
to Humanity : to instill in every child a sense of his unique opportunities
and future responsibilities, purposefulness, generosity, and compassion, so that
they can view the process of learning as preparation not for a job but for a life
of service through any profession or trade, to work in a spirit of service to humanity.
Such as a spirit of service, appreciation, optimism, reverence, loving kindness,
love of beauty, sense of humor, detachment, openness, freedom from prejudice, love
of diversity, positive demeanor, desire for harmony and unity, empathy, caring and
compassion, humility, joyfulness, love for beauty, taking initiative, eagerness
to help others, eagerness to stand for justice, friendliness, flexibility, an attitude
of search for solutions, positive attitudes towards life and learning, optimism,
preferring others above self or simply treating others as equals, ability to listen
to other peoples views with full attention and to appreciate views different than
one’s own, concern with the downtrodden, search for knowing and reflecting truth,
commitment, and the like.