Integrated teaching practices that nurture the highest standards of intellect, character and physical development

 

Learner Profile

 

 

 

The School of the Nations seeks to prepare world citizens who will become active, positive and conscientious participants in the advancement of society and in their own development.  To achieve this, the learner must strive to acquire different elements of identity.  Each identifying element is composed of a set of attitudes, qualities, understandings, skills and habits.  A partial set of these is indicated for each element

The SON student, without regard for nationality, religion, gender, age, culture, or social level, endeavors to be a:

Seeker of truth (ST): The SON learner strives to become free from prejudice, unquestioning imitation and personal ambitions and actively seeks to independently investigate and understand issues for themselves. The following chart is a partial example of the universe of attitudes, qualities, understandings, skills and habits needed for this element.

Attitudes

Qualities

Understandings

Skills

Habits

Truth loving

Impartial

What is prejudice

Isolate essential concepts

Apply mathematics to issues

Independent

Detached

Different kinds of prejudice

Critical thinking

Think critically

Self-questioning

Honest

Appropriate use of statistics

Mathematical thinking

Observe and compare

Humility

Truthful

Difference between truth, error and deception

Recognize deceptive language

Use metaphors and similarities to improve understanding

 

*Note that no relationship is implied between the characteristics across the rows.

Knower of self (KS):  The SON learner is continuously pursuing self development and knowledge of the self is a perquisite. The learner must work to identify their talents, strengths, weaknesses and faults and then work systematically at all times to improve. At the same time the learner must avoid focusing on the faults of others. The following chart is a partial example of the universe of attitudes, qualities, understandings, skills and habits needed for this element.

Attitudes

Qualities

Understandings

Skills

Habits

Free of feelings of superiority or inferiority

Humility

Purpose of life

Identify likes and dislikes

Daily self-reflection in the light of ideal standards

Self-respect

Detachment

Appropriate standards of behavior

Identify strengths and weaknesses

Pursue personal goals

Uncompromising

Honesty

Self-deception

Separate ideal standards from societal influences

Self awareness / observation

Introspective

Determined

How society influences self

Set personal goals

 

 

*Note that no relationship is implied between the characteristics across the rows.

Pursuer of excellence (PE): The SON learner will devote their full strength to acquire both inner and outer perfections of character, knowledge, wisdom, perception and eloquent speech. The following chart is a partial example of the universe of attitudes, qualities, understandings, skills and habits needed for this element.

Attitudes

Qualities

Understandings

Skills

Habits

Self respect

Enthusiasm

Distinction between excellence and perfection

Study

Mindfulness

Attraction to beauty

Perseverance

Progress is proportional to effort

Self-motivating

Self-discipline

Thirst for knowledge

Patience

Self-development depends on service to others

Time management

Serving others

courageous

Hope

Understanding comes through consultation

Self-evaluation

Pursue meaningful activities

 

*Note that no relationship is implied between the characteristics across the rows.

Committed contributor to social progress (CP): The SON learner will subordinate personal concerns and opinions to the needs of society and, thinking of the welfare of others actively search, without consideration of personalities, for ways to contribute to the progress of all humanity.  The following chart is a partial example of the universe of attitudes, qualities, understandings, skills and habits needed for this element.

Attitudes

Qualities

Understandings

Skills

Habits

Respect

Generosity

Human body as a model of society

Communication

Applying principles of Fair-mindedness

Impartiality

Justice

Human rights

Conflict resolution

Promoting unity

Appreciation of diversity

Kindness

Oneness of humankind

Critical thinking

Occupying oneself with the needs of humanity rather than personal concerns

Attraction to beauty

Radiance

Dual animal and spiritual nature of the human being

Self discipline

Considering the rights of others

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Note that no relationship is implied between the characteristics across the rows.

?Promoter of unity and justice (PJ): The SON learner will transcend the stage of doing others no harm and actively promote unity and justice as prerequisites for overcoming the ills of society.  The following chart is a partial example of the universe of attitudes, qualities, understandings, skills and habits needed for this element.

Attitudes

Qualities

Understandings

Skills

Habits

Cooperative

Integrity

Unity requires justice

Communication

Over look the faults of others

Forgiving

Kindness

Individual progress and social progress influence each other

Leadership

Perceive from others’ point of view

Faith in others

Sincerity

Unity must be achieved in diversity

Conflict resolution

Exercise fairness

Compassionate

Service

Concepts of unity and justice

Consultation

Prefer others to one’s self

 

*Note that no relationship is implied between the characteristics across the rows.

Practitioner of moderation (PM): The SON learner will strive towards moderation in all areas of life while avoiding excesses, radicalism and violence whether in actions, life-style, expression, dress or recreation. The following chart is a partial example of the universe of attitudes, qualities, understandings, skills and habits needed for this element.

Attitudes

Qualities

Understandings

Skills

Habits

Self-control

Balanced

Moderation is different from mediocrity

Identify excesses

Avoiding excesses

Even-mindedness

Responsible

Accepting limits brings greater freedom / protection

Anger management

Choosing healthy alternatives

Law-abiding

Frugal

Qualities moderate each other: eg tactfulness / frankness

Analyze actions / attitudes from different points of view

Thinking before acting

Focused

Modest

Excess, radicalism, violence and their manifestations in life

Impulse control

Give preference to others before self

 

*Note that no relationship is implied between the characteristics across the rows.

Upholder of high standards of morality (UM): The SON learner considers excellent character and high resolve to be the main source of happiness, honor and prosperity. Words and actions must coincide if the learner expects efforts towards social and personal progress to be effective. The following chart is a partial example of the universe of attitudes, qualities, understandings, skills and habits needed for this element.

Attitudes

Qualities

Understandings

Skills

Habits

Self respect

Reverence

Chastity

Uphold one’s values

Measure actions against standards and not peer’s opinions

Decency

Independence

True happiness, honor prosperity

Self reflection

Promote high standards

Cleanliness

Clean mindedness

Components of character

Recognize the influence of the persistent self

Oppose lower passions

Objective

Integrity

Difference between individuality and ego

Choosing like-minded friends

Avoid negative influences

 

*Note that no relationship is implied between the characteristics across the rows.

Participator in group actions and decision making (PD): The SON learner realizes that wisdom comes from combining the experiences, views and knowledge of others.  Continuous effort is made to acquire the necessary skills for effective consultation with others.  The following chart is a partial example of the universe of attitudes, qualities, understandings, skills and habits needed for this element.

Attitudes

Qualities

Understandings

Skills

Habits

Cooperation

Truthfulness

Consultation

Listening

Accept / support group decisions

Consultation

Sincerity

Requirements of cooperation

Self expression

Listen before speaking

Self-abnegating

Responsible

Difference between mere opinion and knowledge based on experience

Critical thinking

Exercise moderation in speaking

Appreciative of diversity

Tactful

Methods of analysis and reasoning

Synthesis

Seek out opinions / ideas of others

 

*Note that no relationship is implied between the characteristics across the rows.

Well-wisher of mankind (WM): The SON learner will regard humanity as a single body, and their own self as just another member of the whole, and know that if pain or injury afflicts any member of that body, it must inevitably result in suffering for all the rest.  The following chart is a partial example of the universe of attitudes, qualities, understandings, skills and habits needed for this element.

Attitudes

Qualities

Understandings

Skills

Habits

Empathetic

Generous

Oneness of humanity

Promote unity

Consider the justice of one’s actions

Caring

Unprejudiced

Meaning of unity

Distinguish positive and negative forces

Demonstrate loving kindness towards all

Positive

Thoughtful

Social forces

Conflict resolution

Promote understanding between people

Open minded

Active

Constructive and destructive processes

Recognize violence in all its forms

Seek out opportunities to serve others

 

*Note that no relationship is implied between the characteristics across the rows.

The development of each of the elements of the learner’s profile is associated with the gradual appearance of a set of attitudes, qualities, understandings, skills and habits in the learner.  Some of these characteristics are unique to just one element of the profile while others are associated with a number of the elements.  Many of these characteristics may be manifested in more than one way.  For example respect is usually thought of as respect for others but it can also be manifested as respect for self.  In the first sense it contributes strongly to the profile elements of: promoter of unity and justice, participator in group actions and decision making, and well-wisher of mankind for example.  In the second sense it is more applicable to the elements of: pursuer of excellence, and upholder of high standards of morality.