A Jewish Lens
At Wornick, Jewish values provide the foundation for all that we do. The value of Tzedakah (charity or righteous justice) frames our 7th grade Tzedakah project, our holiday food drives, and countless classroom activities while Derech Eretz (respect) is central to all our interactions inside and beyond the walls of the classroom. In innumerable ways large and small, we strive everyday to repair the world (Tikkun Olam).
We can also see these values as a lens through which to view the world. We teach our children that success is measured by what we give and how we treat others, not by the accumulation of objects. Our Jewish perspective stresses the obligations and responsibilities of speech along with its freedom. Our pursuit of happiness implies the pursuit of goodness; we strive for "the good" as opposed to "the best."
I was blessed to see these values come alive on the field as one of our 8th graders played soccer with a group of younger students. When an argument broke out over fair play, all rushed to the older student for advice. When one of our lower school players was upset over another saying something that was "untrue," our 8th grader took the younger student aside, calmed him, and gave him strategies to handle the situation himself. In this one moment, we achieved "the good" and brought to life our fundamental values.
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