Human Restoration Project Values Statements Update (2022)

Pictured: An infographic showing HRP values in a solar system formation, with the HRP logo at the center and four quadrants: I: Learning is rooted in purpose-finding and community relevance with map a path to purpose; create cross-disciplinary, multi-age classrooms; learn experientially; promote literacy; connect to the community. II: Social justice is the cornerstone to educational success with demand anti-racist, inclusive spaces; authenticate student voice; reimagine spaces & promote free play; adopt critical pedagogy & build democratic schools; utilize restorative justice. III: Dehumanizing practices do not belong in school with eliminate grading; redefine assessment & end testing; build strong relationships; reform food systems; radically reduce homework. IV: Learners are respectful toward each other’s innate human worth with self-direct learning; support & elevate teachers; cooperate, don’t force competition; prioritize mental health & social-emotional learning; ensure a thriving public education.
Pictured: Pictured: Our updated infographic with red boxes highlighting our changes. These changes are elaborated below.
  • “Support Multi-Age Classrooms” and “Support Interdisciplinary Learning” have been combined, as many of the benefits of these practices align and are in the same literature.
  • “Support A Reflective Space” has been removed, as although this is an important practice and a pinnacle of Dewey’s pedagogy — it is not necessarily an action toward systemic change. This is part of the experiential learning process.
  • “Stay “Buzzword” Free” has been removed, as again it is not necessarily an action toward systemic change and can be combined with supporting teachers generally.
  • “Adopt Critical Pedagogy” -> “Adopt Critical Pedagogy & Build Democratic Schools”, which both elaborates on the goals of critical pedagogy, expands on an unfamiliar term for many, and adds in specific language for systemic objectives.
  • “Demand Inclusive Spaces” -> “Demand Anti-Racist, Inclusive Spaces”, clarifies using specific language that HRP firmly supports anti-bias, anti-racist (ABAR) practices and believes systemic change is necessary for all marginalized groups.
  • “Reimagine Spaces & Promote Free Play”: Play is the fundamental cornerstone of learning, and being able to freely imagine and be a creative individual is the pinnacle of growth and development. To develop a space that promotes free play, rather than only guided play, is the goal.
  • “Prioritize Mental Health & Social-Emotional Learning”: Now more than ever, students need the proper supports to cope, channel, and recognize their emotions. Schools need to change systems that not only disengage students, but cause them trauma.
  • “Ensure a Thriving Public Education”: Although HRP supports all schools working to promote a human-centered education, we have a firm commitment to public education. Simply stated, a democratic society is not possible without strong public schools, and we know that public schools make a huge difference in many students lives. Our org exists to promote pedagogical shifts to recognize that as it exists, public education is not currently working for everyone, showcasing how we can reimagine the system.



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Chris McNutt

I'm an educator who wants to reimagine schools. Let's start a movement! Executive Director of Human Restoration Project.