• The Principled Academy is a religious school. The theologian Paul Tillich defines religion as an ultimate belief, a foundational principle of who we are, and what we believe. These core principles at our school are: (1) That we are all created in the image and substance of a lawful and loving God. (2) That each person is very precious and has great potential value. (3) That value is realized through moral and compassionate behavior. (4) That parents and teachers are responsible for nurturing children to become people of good character, responsible and compassionate human beings.


  • August 1, 2020 3:00 pm pst

     

    "Peace Starts with Me" means each of us has the power and responsibility to affect change.

     

    We want to put our time, energy, and hearts into finding what unites, strengthens and empowers us to allow the internal space for peace to start within you and me.


  • July 28, 2020 7:00 am pst

     

    Join the Webinar titled "In Search of Social Justice: Criminal Justice Reform and the Restoration of Solidarity and Trust in our Communities."

     

    The recent killing of George Floyd by a police officer in the United States triggered widespread protests and demonstrations, both in the USA and globally.


  • As middle school students graduate and prepare to enter high school, I urge them to seek good mentors. These students might be puzzled by the word "mentor", but they already have been mentors. At The Principled Academy, they have been "reading buddies" to younger students, accompanied them on field trips, and tutored some of them. As part of our Character Education focus of the school, students greet each other in the morning assembly by saying, "Good morning, brothers and sisters." We want students to feel like a family where we are all committed to each other and care about each other - the basis of mentoring.


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    The universe is a matrix of interdependent relationships. For example, the human body has various elements that are linked together in a hierarchy of increasingly higher purposes. Groups of specialized cells form organs, organs link up into systems, and systems cooperate for the benefit of the entire body.

     

    Cancer is a disease in which the tumor cells cease to honor the higher purpose of the body. The tumor is parasitic, feeding off the body for the sake of its own growth. Eventually, the cancer saps the body of its vitality and the body dies. By not supporting the higher purpose, cancer sows the seeds for its own destruction.


  • What is the most extreme example of moral behavior?  My example would be the righteous Christians who risked their lives to protect Jews from the Nazi murderers.  When scholars studied this altruistic behavior they discovered something very ordinary.  
    These altruists explained that their moral behavior was learned at home, where they took seriously what they were taught by their parents. 
     


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    A “Hero’s Journey” includes a mentor of some kind. Generally, these are characters who guide, protect, motivate, or train. The mentor can appear in a variety of ways and occasions. A mentor may use a gift as a lure to get the hero to accept a challenge or as a treasure after a hero proves his commitment. The mentor can be someone who provides encouragement to a hero who is hesitating to pave the unknown path. An example of this is the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz giving Dorothy the red shoes and guiding her toward the Yellow Brick Road.


  • Discover the Personal Story of the Greatest Peacemaker of our Time

     

    Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon was born on February 10, 1943 in Anju, South Pyeongan Province, in what is now North Korea. At the age of six, she fled to South Korea with her mother and grandmother, risking their lives to cross the border in the dead of night.

     

    From a very young age, Mother Moon developed a deep relationship with God in a close father-daughter bond. When she married the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon in 1960, their mutual desire to see a true world of peace led her to join him on a pioneering course as the Mother of Peace.


  • "Middle school is brutal.  Ask just about anyone, and they'll very likely tell you it was the worst time of their life…" 


    Since I teach in middle school at The Principled Academy, I was anxious to read the newly- 
    published book, And They Stopped Talking to Me, by Judith Warner.  I guess I have been unaware of what I should be experiencing.  Warner describes the feeling of exclusion many middle schoolers feel (hence the title of her book), the bullying, insults, popularity contests, sexual attraction, dress demands, and pressure from parents, among many other tortures. 


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    Throughout our lives, there are people and situations that influence us either for the good or bad. Let’s look at the different types of characters who appear on a “Hero’s Journey”.