Core Values of Our Character Education
Based on Virtue – Character Education & Whole-Person Development
Whether it is traditional Chinese culture or western values, both attach great importance to the cultivation of good moral qualities in a person. In Chinese culture, we believe virtues are the very significant elements to learn and there is also an old saying that “One should only consider making efforts to study and acquire knowledge after he / she could demonstrate good moral behaviours such as respecting parents and seniors as well as being trustworthy and kind.” “Theory of Multiple Intelligences” was proposed by Professor Howard Gardner, a famous psychologist at Harvard University in the United States. He wrote the book “Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet”, defining “good work” at two different levels. The first is that the work itself must be of high quality, and second the work should be able to benefit the public with social awareness and responsibilities. In view of these, we must combine the traditional values and the latest research results of psychology, and integrate them into education for developing talents of the 21st century.
Students’ whole-person development is one of our major concerns. In addition to Gardner’s eight types of intelligence, our unique character education also promotes “moral and cultural intelligence” and “religious and spiritual intelligence”. By embedding the “Extended Framework of Multiple Intelligences” (KW CHAN, ‘The Importance of Cultural and Moral Intelligence for Nurturing our Young Generation’ in Gifted Gateway, The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, June, 2020), 12 core traits of character strengths developed by TKHC and the learning goals of international education into our character education, students’ needs for their personal growth can be met fully.
Students can only enjoy authentic learning and training experience when we put theories into practice. Special school-based character education and activities will be offered at TKHC, such as “Chinese Culture Class”, “Reading Classics • Getting Close to the Great People”, “Sages of Famous People in the World”, “Character Education Picture Books”, “Notes on Personal Growth”, etc.
Lastly, we also aim at providing students with ample opportunities to develop their leadership and to serve others. Our teachers will offer regular training to prefects and other student leaders. Furthermore, volunteer training will be arranged every semester to allow students to participate in various charitable activities in the society and to develop the good habit of doing good deeds every day in the spirit of “not to be served but to serve”.