* Value Orientations in Our School Campus and Barangay
Values are the elements of life prevailing in a society. They are the rules by which we make decisions about right and wrong, should and shouldn't, good and bad. They also tell us which are more or less important, which is useful when we have to trade off meeting one value over another. They provide motivation and ground for choice. They shape and determine individual and group’s decision to like or dislike and change or not change something. Thus, knowing people’s value orientation will guide planners, administrators, policy-makers, and agents responsible in implementations of laws and programs. Every individual, social group and institution has its own value orientation. What is value orientation? Value orientation is the principle of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual or a social group. It is a system of principles governing morality and acceptable conduct.
In our school, Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, various value orientations are present. Students are able to accept responsibility for their own behavior. Definitions of responsibility stem from a shared community understanding, and responsibilities are taught explicitly across the curriculum. The school recognized that the acceptance of responsibility for behavior is developmental and is dependent on students having opportunities to discuss and practice appropriate behavior. Students learn to accept responsibility when they are involved in decision-making. The school provides opportunities for students to develop decision-making skills which enable them to recognize that behavior can be a conscious choice and that different choices result in different consequences. Students who know how to meet their needs through responsible decisions are less likely to behave in ways which interfere with learning. Next, giving and gaining respect to/from others. Staff, parents and students have different rights that each individual...
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