I will respect other people and treat them as I would wish to be treated. (The Golden Rule).
I will respect my school, community and environment and I will do everything I can to make them better.
I will be honest and I will respect the property of others.
I will do my best to learn and to allow others to learn.
I will accept responsibility for my own actions.
I will be myself and I will not be afraid to have my own opinions.
I will try my hardest every day to be the best that I can be.
Thinking about this new code of ours and what these words mean, I asked myself the question….Why do we wait until the university level to start teaching philosophy? Instead of answering myself I asked Google. I was astonished what came back. I found that I was not the first to ask this question. It turns out that teaching grade school kids philosophy has been going on for quite some time and with a lot of success.
The next obvious question was…..Why not here at Katitawa?
Thank you Polly for suggesting that we have a “Code of Conduct” for the school as it has opened up a whole new course of study that we will implement little by little this year and we hope to have a regular class for all children, ages nine and older starting in September. “Beginning Philosophy” or at least that part that deals with Ethics.
Today, six of the volunteers put on a three act skit, bringing to life two or three of the promises in the new “code”.