The Importance of Success Orientations
In many state education systems there has been much argument over character, or values, education. The arguments tend to be over whose values are taught. There has been so much disagreement that there now seems to exist in many places little attempt by schools to instill values into young people. Many believe that, in so doing, our young people are being short changed in their education. Over the years quite a number of staff who have joined Quality Schools International said they did so because they wanted to work in an organization that actually encourages the teaching of wholesome values to young people. It appears that QSI staff like the idea that we actually model and teach success orientations. It is certainly a principal of QSI recruiters that they try to identify staff who have a strong personal moral code, and who will be good role models for the young people entrusted to our care.
Quality Schools International considers the Success Orientations to be primary indicators of future success in advanced education, employment, and life in general.Though QSI believes that the responsibility for teaching success in these orientations rests first and foremost in the home, it also believes that it is the schools responsibility that they will also be actively encouraged and taught in virtually all areas of the school curriculum. This is done with a view to making these success orientations a vital part of the students' life patterns.
It is not an accident that the recording of a student’s performance in Success Orientations comes right at the top of the student’s QSI status report, above the report of the student’s academic performance. A student may well be a brilliant mathematician, but unless they also demonstrate strong aptitudes in the areas of Success Orientations they are unlikely to find true and lasting success in life.
The teaching of Success Orientations is key to setting the school climate, and therefore also has a major impact on student’s academic performances. Many times a student’s failure to perform academically at the level they are capable of is because of their failure in an area of success orientations. Addressing the weakness in the success orientation domain is likely to also bring about improvement in the student’s academic performance.
A recent survey of QSI school administrators clearly showed a common desire that their schools did a better job in the teaching of Success Orientations. So strong was this desire that QSI has adopted an organizational wide accreditation goal of improving student performance in the Success Orientations.
QSI believes that the Success Orientations are just as important to the success of the organization as they are important to the success of our students. The Success Orientations truly are the key to “Success For All”.