Core Values

As Head of School Jeff Bissell shared in his blog post announcing our Core Values, he is proud and deeply satisfied that we can connect the dots between the Core Values that emerged from our long and inclusive process and some of the received wisdom from China’s first sage, Confucius. In other words, these are not American values or Chinese values, they are world values. They are our CAIS values. 

Core Value
How We Live It at CAIS Confucian Connection
好 奇 Curiosity 多问:我们想了解我们的世界和想象新的可 能性

Ask More: We wonder about our world and imagine new possibilities
学而时习之,不亦乐乎?

What a pleasure it is to learn and frequently practice what one has learned 

(from the Analects of Confucius《论语》)
包容 Inclusion 欢迎:我们支持和关心社区内外所有的人

Invite In: We champion and care for others within our community and beyond 
君子和而不同。 

A person of noble character is in harmony with others even though they may not see eye to eye. 

(from the Analects of Confucius《论语》) 
善良 Kindness

鼓励:我们用善意的语言和行动来互相支持

Build Up: We use kind words and actions to support each other and ourselves 
仁者人也。

To be kind is to be human. 

(from “The Mean”《中庸》)
毅力 Perseverance

继续努力:遇到困难时,我们会给自己打气并坚持下去 

Keep Trying: We push ourselves and stick with it when things get tough
譬如为善,未成一篑,止,吾止也。譬如平地,虽覆一篑,进,吾往也。 

In building up a hill, if I stop before adding the last basketful of earth, then I have stopped. In leveling the ground, even if I have only filled one basketful of earth, I am still moving forward and making progress. 

(from the Analects of Confucius《论语》)
勇气 Courage 勇敢:即使碰到困难,我们也能勇于尝试,负起责任

Be Brave: We take risks and responsibility, even when it is hard
见义不为无勇也。 

Seeing what is right but not doing it shows a lack of courage. 

(from the Analects of Confucius《论语》)