Philosophy of education
Public education is a joint responsibility of the profession, the public and their representatives. We realize that the Board of Education, Administrators and Classroom Teachers have a common goal; the best possible education for the students that attend the Newtown-Harris R-III Elementary and Secondary School.
We must recognize that the American Public School System is peculiarly our own; that it was developed to fit our needs. We believe that it must be a flexible system, adaptable to the needs of various localities and able to meet changing conditions. We must recognize that education is not static; that we must keep abreast of changing times, constantly recognizing new needs, constantly seeking new methods of achieving our goals, yet not rushing blindly out on untried pathways.
Due to the increasing mobility of the American people, we must realize that we no longer prepare our children to become citizens of the area in which they grow up. Therefore, we must be prepared to meet at least certain minimum standards on state and national levels. At the same time, we believe that the state and federal governments have a growing responsibility in the support of a school system that will meet our state and national requirements.
We must recognize that the child is the product of his or her home, his or her community and his or her school. All must contribute to his or her development. When one fails, the others must move in to fill the gap. It is the responsibility of the home to see that each child has an upbringing that is healthy, happy and morally and mentally well balanced. It is a responsibility of the community to contribute the means for a child’s education, to set high standards for his or her health, safety and moral and civic development. If the school is to fulfill its function, we as teachers and members of the Board of Education in a public school, must pledge ourselves to recognize and abide by the goals of our education system; to do the very best we can with the means at our command. We must recognize that no two individuals are alike; that each child represents a different problem. We must demand that each student develop to his or her fullest capacity. Consequently, we must set high standards of achievement and resist all pressures to lower them, recognizing of course that all children cannot attain the same level of achievement. We must create an environment that will enable each child to develop their capabilities to the fullest extent possible.
School spirit and school success is determined by you, the students. We live in a time when many people would like to see an end of the small school. I think you will agree that the hope of this country rests with rural schools and its most important product – the student.
Within this handbook are rules, guidelines and information that will enable us to make the school function effectively. Your help is asked to make our school a success with a minimum amount of problems.
Only you, the individual student, can determine your future. Do the best you can and have faith in your own ability. Maintain good study habits and discipline. Your Principal, Teachers and Superintendent will be questioned by future employers as to individual promptness, academic ability, and relationships with others. Work at the school as you would a job.
Finally, the taxpayers of the District support you with free education. You will be tax payers within a short period of time, and concerned with getting the most out of your tax dollars. Quality education will be a concern of yours in the future. Take advantage of Free Education now.
Newtown-Harris R-III School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion or sex in services or opportunities provided to its students.
A Philosophy of Education
Newtown-Harris R-III School District