LAKESIDE'S COMMITMENT TO TEACHING CORE ETHICAL VALUES
We believe there are universal moral values, those associated with "should" or "ought" to which people in all successful civilizations subscribe. These values serve as the basis for ethical behavior across all societies and all major religions. In a public education setting, therefore, we believe it is appropriate to foster and promote such ethical values and principles. Though not inclusive of every commonly accepted moral value, the list below, endorsed by the Board of Education, has been developed to include values that are powerful and important to life.
Civic Duty: Respects the principles of representative democracy; expresses informed views; anticipates in the democratic process; observes rules and laws; demonstrates a commitment to the public good.
Compassion: Demonstrates sensitivity and a decent measure of caring and concern for fellow human beings; exhibits generosity and love.
Cooperation: Interacts with others in a mutually beneficial way; seeks thoughtful and peaceful ways of resolving conflict.
Courage: Demonstrates a willingness to act positively on a moral value even in the face of potential personal loss; a willingness to take calculated risks to achieve a positive result. (Not to be confused with aggressive physical or emotional behavior.)
Honesty: Conducts human interactions in a fair and straightforward manner; tells the truth; does not cheat, steal or intentionally mislead; behaves in a manner consistent with one's professed values and ideals (integrity).
Perseverance: Continues the pursuit of goals in the fact of adversity; demonstrates a willingness to work (diligence). Strives towards excellence, is reliable, and works to pursue goals in the face of diversity.
Respect: Holds one's self, each other person, and the environment in high regard; acknowledges the inherent value in each human being and each living thing; honors the rights of others to be autonomous and to be treated with dignity. (Not to be confused with an insistence that one is entitled to someone else's respect.)
Responsibility: Accepts responsibility for the foreseeable consequences of one's actions, reactions, choices, and goals; demonstrates an active commitment to the welfare of others.
The real test of the effectiveness of any moral education effort will be its impact on the decisions students make. In the final analysis, we want our students to routinely make ethical choices - choices distinguishing what should be done from what can be done.