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Philosophy of Education

PAWTUCKET SCHOOL DEPARTMENT

PAWTUCKET, RHODE ISLAND

PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

The Pawtucket School Department fosters the belief that public education is necessary for the achievement of democratic ideals, which depend upon an informed, responsible, and literate citizenry.  Education should stimulate cognitive and emotional growth, the development of moral and aesthetic sensitivity, social skills, vocational and technological competencies, cultural and economic awareness, and physical maturation.  The Pawtucket School Department recognizes the right of each individual to have the opportunity to reach optimum growth in all these areas.

Educational programs should develop self-disciplined, critically-thinking individuals who are capable of making rational and ethical decisions when confronted by social, political, economic, and personal questions, thereby enabling our youth to develop into healthy, honest, and responsible future leaders of our community.  Recognizing the mutual dependency of the community at-large and the educational system, which serves it, the Pawtucket School Department is committed to the concept of active community involvement in educational decision-making.