In a free society, every individual has both the right and responsibility to make choices and decisions for him/herself and for society. A prerequisite for every member of such a society in meeting those responsibilities is competence in the use of the rational thought processes needed to make intelligent, ethical choices and decisions.
If our society, as originally conceived, is to survive and function effectively, its young people need to be prepared to exercise their rights and their responsibilities in ways that benefit them and the society. Likewise, if individuals are to be able to achieve their life goals in a free society, they need to be competent to choose among the myriad alternatives that are and continue to be available to them.
In keeping with this philosophy, we believe that:
- Education is a cooperative effort of the school community, parents, students, community, and schools.
- Education is a lifelong process.
- All students have the right to a quality education appropriate to their individual differences.
- Dignity and respect for each other and facilities are necessary to create a successful learning environment.
- Formal education is an important avenue for effectively preparing students for life and to be contributing members of society.
- Change is constant; therefore, the school community must be prepared to creatively lead and adapt to change.
- Since students learn in different ways, they should be taught and evaluated using a variety of methods.
- Open and effective communication is essential and should be practiced throughout the school community.
- The physical, sociological, and psychological needs of students and staff must be acknowledged and addressed to establish a healthy school climate.
- All barriers experienced by minority or disadvantaged students and staff need to be acknowledged and addressed.
- Accountability throughout the school community is the cornerstone of a sound education program.
- Students should be encouraged to experience a wide range of support programs and extra curricular activities that enhance their learning potential.
The Board and staff believe that the thought and action process involved in taking intelligent, ethical action can be learned just as any other set of procedures can be learned, provided students are given consistent, appropriate opportunities to:
- See the procedures modeled;
- Learn what the procedures are;
- Practice using the procedures and correct ineffective use of them;
- Apply the procedures to a variety of relevant situations.
The Corporation is committed to making adequate provision for such opportunities and to the applications of these processes to achieving the other educational goals associated with the Corporation’s mission.
In keeping with its philosophy that the purpose of education is to facilitate the development of the potential of each student, the School Board encourages the implementation of a strategic and continuous school improvement and achievement plan.
The principal of each school must coordinate the development of an initial three (3) year strategic and continuous school improvement and achievement plan and coordinate an annual review of the plan. The initial plan and annual review must be made with input from a committee of persons interested in the school including administrators, teachers, parents and community and business leaders. Members of the committee shall be appointed by the principal, except teacher representatives shall be appointed according to state statutes. (To see Policy #2600 School Accountability in its entirety go to www.neola.com/goshen-IN.)