Greenport Union Free School District720 Front St, Greenport, NY 11944
The process of education is a continuum both in time and in space. Education continues throughout our lives. It takes place within the school, the home, the community, wherever we may be. The entire spectrum of existence defines the educational environment, and, as a consequence, the School district should strive continually to develop awareness of the contributions of all aspects of life. It is the responsibility of the school district to provide an environment which enables the student to continue his development: to offer a community of learning in which all participants, students, teachers and administrators share the privileges and responsibilities of mutual growth and to provide an educational atmosphere and a meaningful structure with which all may identify. The District must give the student the intellectual tools with which he may examine himself, critically analyze his own community and world and contribute to the betterment of all. It should be the responsibility of the community to try to understand the educational endeavor, and to offer criticisms and suggestions so that a community of learning exists. The district and the community should work together to develop integrity and a self-reliance in the students. It is through the mutual involvement of school district and community that the students will be able to experience opportunities which will permit them to discover more about themselves and others, to learn why they believe what they believe, what values they hold, and why. Self-examination should lead the students to a better understanding of others, and to the introduction of mutual respect into relationships: student and student, student and district, student and home, student and community. Mutual respect will permit communication among all participants in the educational endeavor and foster understanding of and appreciation for the diversity of approaches to learning. The school district should accept and identify the individual differences among students. It must give due consideration to differences so that the development of the personality can continue and that all students, regardless of abilities, environmental differences, and varying interests will have opportunities to develop a taste for knowledge and a desire for learning. Attitudes toward learning and knowledge so created will endure beyond formal schooling. To consider all of the above without considering the expansion of man's knowledge and the changes in his society would make our efforts meaningless. The school district must accept change as inevitable and must anticipate the continual evolution of society. For the student to become a responsible citizen in any society, his education must prepare him to understand and to react rationally to the uncertainties and insecurities resulting from change. Finally, the environment of learning should encourage a questioning mind, striving for greater relevance and involvement, with the student achieving personal responsiveness and responsibilities, able to function as a contributing and concerned member of our society.