Culture

Kindness & Character

“To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” –Theodore Roosevelt

What President Roosevelt shares hyperbolically we seek to convey hopefully via our THRIVE belief statements:

“We believe that EQ + IQ = a person who learns well, loves well, leads well, laughs well, and ultimately, lives well.”

In truth, we are a bit suspicious of the Intelligence Quotient concept. We feel Carol Dweck’s work in Mindset narrates a more compelling understanding of our students’ cognitive abilities–that their brains are able to grow significantly in their learning capacities. We more lightheartedly and loosely associate IQ with the content students learn at school and then join it intentionally with the EQ, the emotional intelligence competencies, we feel are crucial for students to thrive in all aspects of their lives, both personal and professional.

From dynamic group work in class where students must learn both to lead and to follow to Town Meeting where above-and-beyond examples of kindness are celebrated publicly to a positive discipline approach that seeks to mold students rather than scold students, we seek to cultivate the crucial character traits of high EQ individuals: compassionate kindness and others-focused character. The result is graduates who work wonderfully with others and have an authentic sense of personal peace and purpose.