Universal Principles for Ethical Governance

Governments are organized humans.

Governments are agents for the commons.

Governments exist to enable us to do things we can not, or prefer not to, do alone.

  • They can make and enforce rules.
  • They can own property and regulate institutions.
  • They can facilitate security, finance and community services.
  • They can establish ecologically sound goals and incentives.

All power resides in the individual human, who expresses it by choosing. All power belongs to the commons.

Governmental power is exercised by employees and representatives of the commons.

Governmental power is limited; and may be adjusted or curtailed by the commons. 

The best governments emphasize wisdom, integrity and balance. 

  • They encourage member participation and prevent undue influence. 
  • They identify harm and eliminate incentives for harmful behavior.
  • They are compatible with the biosphere on which all life depends.

Suggestions for the Role of Governments in Public Education

Governments can define the purpose of public education as: Helping Individuals Learn.

Governments can guarantee unlimited assistance for learning for every individual.

Governments can guarantee conditions that insure health, dignity and justice for every individual.

Governments can prescribe goals for public education as: wisdom, balance and integrity.

Governments can provide guidelines for education.

  • Emphasize choice, exploration, research and the joy of learning.
  • Emphasize the quality of student - teacher relationships.
  • Emphasize long term student - teacher relationships.
  • Balance linear and nonlinear experiences.
  • Minimize competition, testing, grades and grading.
  • Include mentoring, cooperation and collaboration.
  • Include health, nature, fine and applied arts.
  • Include opportunities for intellectual and skill development.
  • Exclude ideological proselytizing.