The Human Relationship Curriculum was designed by a committee of teachers, administrators and parents. Ten characteristics of a good human relationship were identified: Responsibility, Respect, Caring, Kindness, Compassion, Patience, Cooperation, Honesty, Trust
Packaged materials are provided each teacher with suggestions for incorporating the ten characteristics into existing units of study.
Examples of strategies used when integrating the Human Relations Curriculum are:
Respect: Discussions about the short story, "Steelmen's Nerve," center on the concept of respect in the work place. By studying different forms of dissent throughout history, the unit on Protest and Dissent demonstrates the right to disagree and be respected for one's opinions. Respect for one’s bodies, the effect of proper nutrition and drugs/alcohol is stressed during the Homeostasis unit.
Responsibility: During the Urban America unit students develop recycling plans that emphasize the responsibility of citizens to the total environment.
Kindness, Caring, Compassion: Several thousand dollars are raised each year during the Student Council Reach Out Program and distributed to local charities. Chorus and band visit senior care facilities, the Newcomer's Club and SHARP social awareness groups.
Patience: Students have an opportunity to practice patience during the Toothpick Bridge Competition, at the Economic Auction, during the Jr. High Quiz and while constructing patchwork pillows in the 7th Level.
Cooperation: Students must cooperate during a color-theory project. Each student is given a small part of a larger image to scale and paint. The need for cooperation is stressed when studying government, how legislation is created, and treaties are written and ratified. Students must cooperate with other students while preparing food in Home Economics.
Honesty: Students learn the importance of honesty when they record their own scores during fitness testing and have free access to tools and equipment in Industrial Arts and Art classes.
Trust: Trust in one's fellow student is a real issue when they take turns spotting each other during gymnastics.
Communication: Problems caused by a lack of communications are discussed as part of a study about the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War.