Declaration of Principles
We hereby declare the following Principles of Universal Education:
- Education is an inalienable right of all people.
- Education is a lifetime need and activity.
- Education should be offered freely and conveniently over the lifetime of the individual.
- No restrictions or limitations should be placed on the amount or type of education, or the time it takes to complete the education of individuals.
- Education should be based on universal values and principles not just academics and information.
- Education should be integrated into the nonacademic life of the community.
- Education should include training in all aspects of community life and citizenship.
- Individuals should be encouraged to progress at their own speed.
- Academics should be balanced with practical applications.
- Every individual needs to have a more advanced mentor.
- Learning is a personal activity but needs to be supplemented with group activities.
- Academics should not be compressed by made available as part of a natural sequence of individual growth and development.
- The core curriculum should address the whole person and include the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of the individual, family, community, nation, and world.
- The core curriculum should reflect universal academic, moral, ethical, and philosophical standards.
- The core curriculum should include a balanced presentation of the arts and sciences.
- The core curriculum should be balanced with electives selected by the individual.
- Elective curricula should be available for education and training in specific disciplines and professions and combinations thereof.
- The elective curricula should be flexible so that the individual can design a program of education to meet their specific needs and desires.
- Cultural differences should be respected within the core curriculum so long as they do not conflict or invalidate the principles and practices enshrined with it.
- The core curriculum should be based on universal educational standards.
- Cultural, religious, and traditional values should not be allowed to compromise the universal educational standards enshrined within the core curriculum.
- The core and elective curricula shall be continually improved to reflect the growth and development of knowledge and practices of each and every field and subject of study.
- Older individuals should help younger individuals.
- Brighter students should help whoever needs aid.
- Educated students need to help the uneducated.
- Progress should be measured by a variety of measures not just academic and proficiency testing.
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