Ten Commandments for Students

Our educational service maintains high standards for our community by referring to the Ten Commandments, given by God through his servant Moses to the Jewish people in the 13th century B.C. or before. They are found written in Christian Bibles in Exodus 20. We have shortened and adapted these principles to guide student behavior while students are at NEXT Education, or talking about NEXT Education to others while at home. We hope you find these principles helpful for your home life as well, but at the least we ask that you abide by these principles in reference to NEXT Education.

  1. Put God first. Also, Love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5)

We see students as having body, mind, heart, and spirit. We use this theoretical structure to understand the problems they face. We ask that students respect this traditional understanding of God and people while they are on campus.

  1. Do not make idols.

Students should not worship their accomplishments, appearance, possessions, family background, personal attractions, or race. We ask that students refrain from boasting in these things while they are on campus.

  1. Do not use God’s name when you aren’t thinking about God.

We extend this principle to the idea that what you say … matters! We ask that students refrain from strong language of every kind while on campus. (Including taking the Lord’s name in vain.)

  1. Keep the Sabbath day as a day of rest.

As a school, we limit homework so that students should never feel they must work on their day of rest (Saturday or Sunday, whichever is customary for the family). We encourage students to practice time management so that they finish their work early and enjoy their relaxation time with family and friends. Families may find it helpful to start a Sunday Sabbath at sundown on Saturday so that their rest time ends at sundown on Sunday, allowing students to prepare for Monday homework without dishonoring their Sabbath to God.

  1. Give your parents honor.

Please extend the same courtesy to the staff members at NEXT Education. Listen to all staff members, and obey.

  1. Do not kill people. Do not stay angry with people. (Matthew 5:22)

Practice forgiveness toward all people. If you have an issue with someone, whether it is a student, parent, or staff member of NEXT Education, gently let that person know that you find what they are doing to be a problem. Trust them to hear you and also try to respect their right to choose. The staff of NEXT Education has an ombudsman to help with understanding of this policy. Contact the Director for more information.

  1. Do not treat someone like you are married, when you are not.

At NEXT Education, we encourage students to wait until they are done with high school before dating. Please avoid conversations about dating relationships as well as any evidence that you have dating relationships, while you are on campus. This does not mean students need to lie about dating relationships. Just de-emphasize them, avoiding the topic if possible.

  1. Do not steal things.

We take stealing very seriously, whether it involves damage to physical property (either stealing or vandalism, or even negligent carelessness) or damage to intellectual integrity (cheating or stealing answers from any person, on any assignment whether or not it is attached to a grade). We consider academic dishonesty as grounds for immediate expulsion without refund.

  1. Do not lie about people.

This principle means that we should not lie about anything, even something trivial. It also means that we should not gossip. We encourage parents to stay in touch with what students are thinking and feeling about people at school. It is our hope to provide formal training to every NEXT Education family about how to lovingly observe people and allow them to be different from you.

  1. Do not desire other people’s things.

Be content with what you have. We ask that students respect each other’s property and avoid bragging or stirring up desire for things while they are on campus. Given our focus on entrepreneurial activity, it is worth special mention that we encourage students to work because creating something beautiful is a privilege, and accumulate wealth in order to be ready for the next investment opportunity. There are many beautiful things to be done in this world, and they will be done best by those who have a vision and a dream.

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