The philosophy and aims of education in the FORDLAND R-III Schools are derived from the needs of our society, the needs of our community and the needs of the children. Properly constructed, the philosophy of education is what gives the district direction and focus. While some consider the writing of philosophy statements to be a waste of time and energy it does not always have to be so. As Peter Oliva stated,
" Should we call the phrases of political philosophy from the Declaration of Independence -'all men are created equal' and 'they are endowed with certain unalienable rights,' including 'Life Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness' - empty platitudes? Why, we might ask, did our forebears not just sever relations between the motherland and the colonies instead of prattling about unalienable rights? Perhaps they recognized that they must set the stage and provide a rationale to which other like-minded persons might rally."
On the ensuing pages are the basic statements of belief that make up the educational philosophy of the FORDLAND R-III Schools. As subject area personnel go about the curriculum work in their areas, they are to be cognizant of the basic tenets of the district. As they consult the most current research and formulate the philosophy statements for their own areas they should seek to maintain a high level of congruency with their subject area and district philosophies.
Curriculum work is an inexact science. There is more than one approach to any subject area, more than one opinion about the “how’s” and “why’s” of a particular discipline. The ability to tie the curriculum of a discipline area to the basic belief system of the district, especially a belief system that has had input from
staff, students and community, legitimizes the curriculum and allows it to weather the storms of controversy that may occasionally arise.
It is the mission of Fordland R-III Schools to provide an education for all students that will prepare them for work, citizenship and life-long learning.