Reflections

1

February

2018

1st February 2018

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Dalat exists to teach children that they have value and worth. See we live in a world that does not value you if you are not pretty, smart, rich, powerful or a combination of one or more of these.

During this last week a number of the Dalat administrators, school board, and members of the development office had a chance to work with a world-class consultant to help develop strategies for achieving our 5-year strategic plan. During our two days together we spent some of our time looking at and discussing Dalat’s purpose.

There were the obvious answers related to being a school, but one of the most fundamental answers we landed on is that Dalat exists to teach children that they have value and worth.

See we live in a world that does not value you if you are not pretty, smart, rich, powerful or a combination of one or more of these. Without at least one of them, you are pretty much disregarded and overlooked by the world. It is why people pursue money with such passion, spend so much money on makeup and clothes, attend incredibly costly universities and pursue positions of power. Simply, these are the things the world tells us over and over again are important. If we want to matter and if we want purpose and meaning it is found in these four things.

At Dalat, however, we fervently want to teach a very different message to each child that walks on to our campus. We want our students to know that who they are right now is special and important. We want them to know that they have meaning and value and that they were born for a purpose. We want our students to know that we love them, care about them, and want the best for them.

This is one of the key reasons we exist and I personally would not want to work at a school that does not have this value as a guiding principle.

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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Recent Reflection Articles

Mentoring

I greatly enjoy putting away my computer and to-do list and spending 45 minutes talking with one of our students. I believe that this is one of the most valuable things I do…

Don’t Drink the Bleach

Fake news has become a part of modern day life…here are some of the fake news stories about the virus that have circulated to millions in the last couple of weeks.

Well, I Heard…

People are encouraged not to gossip or spread stories about others because they can be destructive in many ways, yet rumors abound even in the best of times.

Happy 4718

There are so many wonderful traditions surrounding the Lunar New Year, but its most important characteristic is the value it places on reunion.

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