Integrated teaching practices that nurture the highest standards of intellect, character and physical development
Our conception of human nature illumines our approach to education. We believe that all human beings are endowed with, and intrinsically motivated to fulfill, a dual moral purpose—to develop their own vast potential and contribute to the development of society. In fact these two purposes are opposite sides of the same coin—developing kindness, understanding, perseverance and justice are necessary to effectively serve one's community, and service, in turn, stimulates the development of such attributes within us. The development of the individual cannot be addressed in isolation from the social environment as each influences the other—thus a true education empowers each person to work simultaneously on themselves and on social structures and processes in order to find fulfillment and bring about a better world.
Whilst noble purposes and beautiful qualities are intrinsic in every human being, they are latent. Each of us possesses a higher (or spiritual) and lower (or animal) nature, and education is the process by which noble potentialities are nurtured and developed. Every human being is “a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.”