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Below, you'll find a list of ethical principles, or values, that we deem to be most essential to the student seeking to become a successful home-schooler. The list is not meant to be exhaustive but only to enumerate standards that are indispensable to the budding self-directed and lifelong learner.
Knowledge – We hold that knowledge is an intrinsic good, valuable for its own sake. The philosopher Socrates believed that the existence of evil in the world is due to ignorance. So do we.
Personal Growth – It is essential for the successful homeschooler to be self-motivated, self-disciplined, driven, task oriented and determined to develop the “best version” of themselves by realizing their full potential. NHHSA students and teachers understand that the homeschooler carries a greater responsibility for his/her success.
Responsibility – Greater freedom to determine the pace and course of one’s education entails greater responsibility. Failure must be acknowledged, corrected, and learned from. Students and educators alike should always strive to assume responsibility rather than assign blame (whether to others or external circumstances).
Grit – We firmly believe that grit, or sheer unyielding determination, is absolutely essential. Stumbling blocks in the learning process are frequent and ought to be expected. Grit allows us to overcome obstacles within ourselves and our pupils without feeling discouraged.
Fallibilism – From the Latin "fallibilis," meaning “liable to err,” fallibilism is the view that humans err constantly and inevitably in the formation of beliefs and that no belief, however apparently justified, is certain. NHHSA instructors are encouraged to abandon the view, if held, that anything ought to be “done right the first time.” Instead, a far more realistic ethic must be adopted: mistakes are not to be of concern, nor should effort be wasted attempting to avoid them; it is the failure to correct for mistakes that is the true barrier to progress.
Congruence – In humanistic psychology: congruence is the alignment of an individual’s thoughts, words, and actions. This is especially important in teacher-student relationships. Congruence can be best understood as genuineness on behalf of NHHSA educators. Students dislike and deeply resent “fakes.” NHHSA educators are able and willing to risk displaying their natural personalities, and must do so with honesty and integrity.
Empathy – NHHSA educators have a strong ability to see things from their students’ perspectives and to empathize with whatever they are feeling. Empathy is not merely a synonym for sympathy; in this context, it requires specifically that educators have the ability to enter the “inner world,” so to speak, of their students. The capacity to build trust and rapport through empathy is tantamount.
Resourcefulness – NHHSA educators are expected to teach their students to be intellectually independent. We recognize intellectual independence when a student: (1) is able to maintain healthy study habits (2) is self-motivated and directed (3) operates with a personal sense of purpose (4) expresses personal views/opinions regarding subjects of interest (5) has the ability to construct sound arguments and communicate them effectively.
Productivity - As Benjamin Franklin once wrote in his personal list of 13 virtues, under a principle he called Industry: "Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions." We see no need to expand or build upon the words of one of America's greatest Founding Fathers.