There is no such thing as a value unless there are people involved. A value is something that provides benefit or opens up the possibility of benefit for someone. Values do not hang like clouds in the air. The have to be attached to people. Values require a constant asking of questions.
- Who is going to be affected by this?
- Who is going to benefit?
- Who is going to be inconvenienced?
- What will the perceptions be?
- What are the immediate effects, both short and long term?
- Will this value be noticed, will people talk about it?
- Are there any special circumstances where the value will be different?
- Are there special people for whom this could be a value?
Every educator knows….or should know….that there is no “average” student. If there are characteristics of intelligence, discipline, laziness, energy, trouble making, or boredom, troubles at home, and so on, then an educator knows that every possible combination of these factors will be exhibited in an individual.
The trick is to recognize individuality as a source of value.
By Edward de Bono