WHAT STUDENTS SHOULD BE
(1) Readers of literature;
(2) Poets whose words envision new ways of being;
(3) Writers who reflect thoughtfully;
(4) Problem solvers who can use mathematics;
(5) Observers who sense the wonder of science:
(6) Citizens who study history and take action;
(7) Speakers of at least two languages who cross cultural borders;
(8) Workers who can create with their hands and use technology;
(9) Artists who sculpt, draw or paint;
(10) Musicians who sing or play an instrument;
(11) Athletes who exercise for a lifetime; and
(12) Leaders who recognize the moral dimension.
Recasting the definition of a successful learner from one whose achievement is measured solely by academic tests, to one who is knowledgeable, emotionally and physically healthy, civically engaged, prepared for economic self-sufficiency, and ready for the world beyond formal schooling.
Moral Flexibility, Spin, Damage Control, how can you learn to determine what the truth is?
The answer to the question guides curriculum and instruction in powerful and lasting ways. Charles Slater outlines twelve educational ideals worth pursuing. They become powerful when we apply them not only to students but to everyone in a learning community of students, teachers, parents, administrators and staff.