"In our education system emphasis
should be given to moral education and the inculcation
of idealism, not only philosophy and traditions. The
practice of morality should be the most important
subject in the syllabus at all levels."
we may not always agree on what is or is not "right",
there is little doubt that people of all ages can
profit from an education in cardinal human values.
The absence of teaching these basic, universal values
has added to an overall decline in moral awareness,
standards and behavior. Sadly, most schools are severely
restricted in their ability to deal openly with moral
issues. This tends to result in a "what's right
for me is what counts" attitude.
Certain moral guidelines are a boon to one's life,
and to the life of society. Without guidance or reflection,
there is no doubt that our chances of making mistakes
in life are increased. With a guideline to think of,
we will still make mistakes, but there is a better
chance of behavior that is for the greater welfare
This simplified list has deeper significance upon
closer inspection. For example, non-stealing applies
to thought, word and deed. The seeds of theft are
sown in the mind when envy takes root and begins to
grow. Learning to recognize and deal with the seeds
can prevent the plant from ever bearing fruit.
There are some basic guidelines that are followed
in NHE schools to help us in our daily decision making,
in classroom management, in choosing Literature, in
setting policies, in solving problems, etc. These
- honesty/right use of words
- thinking of others
essence of these guidelines is the spirit of benevolence,
the Golden Rule that we were taught in school as children.
The fundamental spirit of NHE's philosophy is expanding
our circle of love in all directions. Our moral guidelines
serve to see that our behavior in the world reflects
that inner spirit as much as possible.
Behind all of these guidelines is an awareness that
each and every setting for a decision is not the same.
Different people, places and times present unique
situations, and no one rule works with all these variables.
That is why we prefer to call these guidelines rather
Good manners, etiquette, respect, tolerance and other
courtesies are also taught. But while saying "please"
and "thank you" are important, such social
norms are not so much at the center of our guidelines,
but rather are a natural outgrowth of their implementation.