As an organization, we have a core set of organizational values. These are values that will not be compromised, and the organization will strive to ensure these values are shared and practiced by
All Humans are Created Equal
While every person is unique in the totality of their DNA, upbringing, skills, knowledge, and beliefs, and with different measures in different contexts, will be greater or lesser than each other; we none-the-less recognize that the inherent worth of each human is the same, and each person has the potential within them to have a fulfilling life and contribute to the world.
Truth should be determined by evidence as generally practiced using scientific methods.
While there may be times when utilitarian ethics are appropriate; as much as possible we should behave in an inherently ethical manner, striving to live a virtuous life, and to be honest with ourselves and others.
Improving the World
While it is appropriate and important to take actions that helps oneself, one’s family, and one’s friends; these should not have a negative impact on the world, and we must strive to take actions that lead to the ultimate benefit of the world.
Learning is Paramount
While there is often benefit to being “taught”, and there is value to earning “a piece of paper” such as a diploma, degree, etc. We do not confuse the proxy of the piece of paper, nor what a teacher shares with students, nor even the assessment of a student with what is actually learned. Yet, we also know that these proxies can have value, and that we have no choice in using proxies to understand what someone has learned. But recognizing the limitation of knowledge that we have of other’s knowledge, we endeavor to be as careful as possible in our judgement of what has been learned and the value it has to students.