The Heart of Education for Social Responsibility

As I have written about previously, our world is changing rapidly and the world our children will inherit will be significantly and unpredictably different. Our responsibility, as parents and educators, is in preparing for these challenges.

Working with fellow heads in the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS), we now recognise that there are 5 components to equipping our children for the rapidly changing world they will face beyond their time in formal education.

  • An understanding of rights
  • A recognition of responsibility
  • A sound knowledge of their world and our history
  • A sense of well-being and self-esteem
  • A possession of the intelligent behaviours necessary to empathise, be creative, resilient and resourceful

In the 20 years that I have been working in education, and as we are all very much aware, trends come, trends go and we always appear to be in some state of flux or revision or even U-turn! However these 5 points provide a point of entry for schools, their leaders and stakeholders, to discuss what constitutes an effective Education for Social Responsibility (ESR). From these discussions, across our schools, however it is decided to be addressed, each community will, I hope, take a long, hard look at how we are readying our children and establishing the most appropriate values, behaviours, knowledge and skills.

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