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Guiding Values and Approach

Help high school students cultivate their passion and purpose so that they can reach their full potential and positive well-being in less than 20 minutes a day!

Heart

Heart, being the core of the human personality, is expressed through the mind's faculties of emotion, intellect, and will. People with pure hearts pursue and seek to realize the highest ideals: The emotions seek beauty, the intellect prizes truth, and the will pursues goodness.

 

The products of culture arise through the achievements of talented individuals who pursue these ends: the pursuit of beauty leads to works of art and poetry; the pursuit of truth leads to the achievements of philosophy, science, and religion; and the pursuit of goodness leads to great theater and literature and to proper action in business, education, and politics.

Deeper than emotion, intellect, or will, heart is the impulse to love and to be united in love with the object of love. Heart inspires two types of desires: (1) to seek value for our own happiness, and (2) to manifest value for the joy of others. Motivated by true love, people cultivate truth, beauty, and goodness for the joy of others, and they delight in perceiving truth, beauty, and goodness in their beloved.

Advisory students receive daily guidance and support for their goals to be their best future selves.. The objective is to gain badges and earn awards to eventually be honored with the "Uplifting Education of Heart Certificate."

Life Goals Approach

The “Life Goals Approach” can help chart a clear course with purpose in our life. The first life goal is to elevate our personal strengths, skills, and maturity. It’s finding our inner harmony. The second life goal is developing loving and enriching relationships, especially in the context of our family. Our associations affect the environment we activate. The third life goal is to enhance the lives of others through our unique contributions. 

Success in the third life goal needs the foundation of a mature character (first life goal) and loving relationships (second life goal). Our character can be likened to the roots of a tree. The trunk and branches of the tree symbolize our relationships with others. Our contributions to society are the fruits.

Heart is the irresistible impulse to find joy through loving and being loved (why we live). Joy is the purpose of life (what we live for). Love is the way heart can reach its goal (how we live). Ethical norms guide the focus of our love (for whom we live).

 

Ultimately the goal of developing heart and character is to become a person capable of altruistically loving others. As people develop their knowledge, skills, and technical expertise, they have the potential to be of enormous benefit to the larger society.

Our Philosophy

Connection with others and the subject matter is one of the key drivers of student engagement.


The following ways can help with student connection and engagement:


First is active learning. Supporting students to participate in hands-on activities, group discussions, and other interactive methods can help them stay engaged and retain information better.


The second is setting clear goals. Helping students understand the purpose and relevance of what they are learning can increase their motivation to engage in the material.


Personalization is also important. Tailoring instruction to meet the individual needs and interests of individuals can help them feel more connected to the material.


Another way is by feedback. Providing regular feedback on student progress can help them understand their strengths and areas for improvement, and can also increase their motivation to engage in the learning process.


Finally, there is collaboration. Encouraging students to work together in small groups can help them build social connections, foster a sense of community, and learn from one another. 

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