To a large extent the independent schools in Europe owe their right to existence to the acknowledged right of parents to build and to run schools according to their particular values…..values defined by minority groups: groups around the schools and their communities. (The variety of values on which the schools are based enables ECNAIS to talk of “Diversity” as a strength.)
Values do make a difference. But, it is important to understand that values have a practical expression: respect for the human being, respect for the world, for nature and the environment, respect for different opinions and religions and respect for self-discipline. These values are presented within a clear framework defining the expectations, and, most importantly, the professionalism of teaching necessary.
If the school were to be a person, then these values would be their basic characteristics.
Values are important in all the work and activities of a school. For the heads of the schools, the values are “The Red Line”, and their role and their authority are based on them. For parents, values are important criteria when choosing a school for their children. For teachers and pupils, the values form a part of normal everyday life at the school and are, largely, unspecified.
In the seminar, amongst other issues, we will especially ask the following questions: