Instilling Goodness Elementary School and Developing Virtue Secondary School were founded by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (CTTB) in 1976 and 1981 respectively. At the age of eighteen, the Venerable Master opened a free school in his village in Manchuria, northern China, teaching the village children to read and develop good character. After coming to the United States to propagate the Dharma, the Master not only initiated the translation of the Buddhist canon, but devoted himself to education so as to save humanity from disaster. He actively founded schools in order to carry out long term educational goals.
The primary goal of Instilling Goodness Elementary School is to teach filiality (respect and gratitude towards parents) and fraternal respect. Students learn by heart "The Standards for Students,
When your mother or father is calling,
Do not be slow to respond.
When your parents tell you to do something,
Do not be lazy or sulky.
These basic principles of filiality are neglected by people nowadays. CTTB students often recite these ancient texts at annual celebrations or perform skits to illustrate their principles. In the process, students gradually absorb the spirit of "The Standards for Students" or "The Three Character Classic" and are transformed by it.
The main moral focus of Developing Virtue Secondary School is to teach service and filiality. Students are encouraged to love, honor, and obey their parents; respect their teachers and elders; care for their siblings and peers; and commit themselves to serving their country and working for the betterment of humanity. The ethics-based curriculum and the policy of separate schooling for boys and girls allow students to concentrate fully upon their studies. Over the years, graduates of Developing Virtue Secondary School have been accepted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and other universities. i
In today's society, where movies, television, video games, and the Internet are filled with violence and sexual overtones, Instilling Goodness Elementary School and Developing Virtue Secondary School staunchly promote virtue-based education, enabling students to discover inner peace and purity. This is due in part to the school's faculty of volunteer teachers, whose disinterest in personal gain and fame make them the best models for students. Some of the volunteer teachers choose to work at the City simply because they love the pure, serene environment and have an interest in education; others volunteer as teachers on the side while taking part in the daily ceremonies and religious activities. These volunteers come from other states in the United States, various Asian countries, and even European countries such as England and Finland. They impart their own experience and expertise, helping students develop a firm foundation in both virtue and knowledge.
Instilling Goodness Elementary School and Developing Virtue Secondary School welcomes applications from volunteers interested in teaching children from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade in subjects such as Chinese, English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Fine and Applied Arts, Music, etc., as well as those interested in administrative, secretarial, or counseling positions. For the Fall 2001, we are seeking a preschool director and a teacher for K-lst grade or 2nd- 3rd grades. For further information, please contact the schools directly: