Conceptual Introduction into Boarding Schools’ Code of Conduct

Discussions and Investigations

Boarding school ethics is based on two independent protagonists: educator and student. Ethical education aims at a (free, independent, healthy, happy, balanced and mature) personality who independently judges what is good and evil. Boarding school educators are trained to constantly improve quality of their work. Starkl offers some tasks this may involve. Educator nurtures two-way communication with boarders, i.e. well-intentioned, dialogical communication based on empathy, recognition and consideration of one’s own needs and needs of others. Such communication involves the use of a common language of acceptance of boarders and their parents, open and creative climate. Educators’ mission is to educate young people, believe in them, be tuned for their needs and accordingly organise activities for them. Glasser and Maslow offer their classifications of needs that we realise according to an adjusted Dilts’s pyramid. The Code of Conduct means formal opening up of space for meeting the needs, educators’ mission, training for ethical literacy. In conclusion we stress ethical education as education for peace. 

Keywords: Boarding school, ethics, theories of needs, two-way communication, educators, students, educational needs, golden rule. 

Ph.D. Bogomir Novak