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Understanding Core Values

Every educational tool is designed from a set of values. We need to understand those curricular values and how they align or conflict with an organization's teaching objectives.

This week I came across an Instagram post by McGraw Hill Education (pictured here). The text reads:

"When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free." -Barack Obama | Happy #PrideMonth to our LGBTQ colleagues and friends!" 

Now it does not surprise me that a major education curriculum publisher would identify with the gay rights agenda. Nor do I believe that a single Instagram post negates the quality of their published materials. But it is important to understand that these basic beliefs will impact the message they produce.

The impact of belief systems is not limited to education. The wide range of religious offerings and political leanings demonstrate the various pathways our beliefs lead us. It is our responsibility to understand the values that schools, religious institutions, government and society promote and engage in a healthy, respectful dialogue.

Basic beliefs are important, they form the foundation for all our actions. 

At times, our basic beliefs can be compatible (even if not identical) and at times they can be at odds. Unfortunately we often argue over the destination to which our beliefs lead us instead of addressing the underlying values.

Have you ever stopped to consider what your core beliefs are? Are you willing to consider that a different belief may have farther reaching consequences than your current values? If you are dissatisfied with the direction life is heading, perhaps your core values are moving you in the wrong direction.

I appreciate the manner of interaction with these two young people. Each must wrestle with the consequences of their personal values and both arrive at very different responses.

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