“Ethics [are] essential to our survival. We will not survive the 21st century with the ethics of the 20th century.” Rushworth Kidder, President of the Institute for Global Ethics (IGE).
An emphasis on ethics and positive values has long been a part of a Clairbourn private school education, and our formal educational philosophy emphasizes both rigorous academic standards and strong ethical values.
While Clairbourn believes that goodness is the inherent nature of all of its students, it also recognizes that, like academics or physical fitness, good character needs to be nurtured and developed. Therefore in 2008, a formal Clairbourn Code of Ethics was developed with input from administrators, parents, and faculty.
The Clairbourn Code of Ethics provides both a framework for developing sound ethical judgment and a standard to which all members of its community should be held. It permeates all areas of school life. The fundamental values it articulates are essential to character development and allow for a valuable blending of spiritual and moral values without denominational religion.
Children learn about the code’s five values during Chapel and in the classroom, and they’re encouraged to think about and use the values of the code in everyday social, academic, and sporting situations. Literature and history lessons often include discussion of ethical dilemmas faced by both fictional and historical figures, and the values are displayed prominently in classrooms and other areas of the campus.
Through daily exposure to and application of the various elements of the Clairbourn Code of Ethics, our students graduate with a strong framework of positive universal values that they will carry with them as guiding principles for their lives in high school, college, and beyond.