To thrive, a community needs key values – what I term the new3Rs. Today’s learner needs to know more than information – s/he needs to know how to thrive. Too often we ‘expect’ the learner to ‘know’ what we value explicitly. We preach but we don’t truly guide. For learners to understand our values, it is imperative we define them clearly and embed them thoughtfully in our practices. Our aim should be to develop positive attitudes. To promote a compelling desire to blossom as a life-long learner with a service oriented kindness.
The Values are a collective agreement, an acceptance, about what is important in a learning community. The new 3Rs become like a moral compass bearing: directing us in our decisions. Every member of a community has the responsibility to role-model and support every Value collectively to promote harmony.