Our Vision of a 21st Century Educated Person
Each human being is unique. The amalgamation of genetics, environment, experiences, and the individual’s internalization of those influences occurs differently for every individual. An educated person is one who knows himself or herself, understands the world in which he or she functions, and has the knowledge, skills and abilities to act uniquely and successfully in that world. This conception of the educated person carries with it the implication that the educated person is one who has choices, recognizes the choices, and can distinguish the choice in each instance that is most consistent with the person they are.
To achieve the quality of being an educated person, the individual must do three things: acquire the common core of knowledge, develop the talents that are unique to the individual, and cultivate the passion that gives meaning to life. The Eureka! Inclusive educational program is designed to achieve all of these qualities. The Common Core philosophy is now altering education nationally. It consists of being able to read well, to write clearly, to think mathematically, to gather information and judge its reliability accurately, and to think critically. Students educated at Eureka! Inclusive should emerge with certain characteristics indicative of having acquired common core knowledge, developed talents, and found personal passion. These characteristics include:
Pride in their individual human value and purpose.
Respect for the human value and purpose of others.
Ability to think independently, work collaboratively, and communicate effectively.
Knowledge of technological resources that help them navigate in the 21st century.
Confidence in their convictions and capability to follow through with solutions.
Compassion in their actions and kindness with their words.
Commitment to challenge the status quo to improve the human condition.
Appreciations for nature’s beauty and their responsibility as stewards.
Perhaps, most importantly, retaining the wonder, joy, and optimism of childhood, powered by imagination and the ability to look at the seemingly impossible and declare “I can do that!”