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Part 9: Universal Outlook

Each of us identifies with a place and certain groups of people.  This is natural, an outgrowth of developing affectionate bonds based on where we were born.  However, if these local ties make us incapable of understanding a different point of view, then they are an obstacle to mental expansion.  It is possible to study history while at the same time examining our own narrowness or preconceptions.  This system of study requires considering various points of view, evaluating the source of information, and measuring outcomes against a principle of social justice. 

Not only do students have this unique approach to history in our social studies curriculum, but they also study current world events.  This helps them to find the lines of continuity connecting past, present and future. 

Graduates of Progressive School have reported to us that they feel set apart from their peers by having developed world awareness and broad-mindedness.  They relate easily to people from other lands, and can discuss global issues with unusual keenness.  It is not uncommon for such a person to find international opportunities, which may open even more doors, leading to diverse connections and unexpected growth.

Universal Outlook is closely linked with Service, another of the prime qualities that we have identified as an outcome of a Progressive School education.  High school and college students have, in their interviews, identified the following as the key elementary and middle school experiences that led to their global perspective:

  • a very broad social studies curriculum including current events with a Neohumanist Education approach
  • meditation
  • style of Spanish instruction
  • global presentations and service initiatives

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