Values Go to School
Values Go to School suggests that ethical issues are inseparable from the life of the classroom and the school. Documenting classroom life from kindergarten through high school, this program observes educators who have made “values” a part of their curriculum. But what kinds of values do we want to embrace and foster? In the program, you’ll see how teachers are incorporating into their teaching such concepts as racial tolerance, non-violent conflict resolution, respect for diversity, the importance of doing work and the value of open discourse in the school community.
Leaving the school environment, the program observes parents who welcome the school’s approaches as complementary to their own. As the mother of one first grader says, “It’s the parent and the teacher working together that nourish the whole child.” Exploring this partnership between families and educators to guide children as they make the choices involved in growing up, Values Go to School documents the need for an increased commitment to this fundamental educational experience.
Children can learn so much in school about what is fair, respect for others and how to get along...if adults are trained to guide them. This video profiles ways to help children learn values — and become the caring, curious and confident people we know they can be!