Culture: The Social Footprint of Our School

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Culture: The Social Footprint of Our School
By Jeffrey Smith

We all strive for a strong, healthy culture, but what does this really mean? Schools tend to develop personalities that are shaped and shared by the entire community. As people respond to the conditions of their environment, behaviors become patterned and evolve into norms. These are deeply embedded beliefs and unwritten rules that permeate day-to-day operations. The strongest of these norms become rituals, traditions, and rules that describe the collective psychological attitudes, experiences, and beliefs of your school.

Culture can be described as the shared assumptions guiding interpretation, and action for appropriate behavior in all circumstances. Culture is holistic having been determined by history. It is socially constructed, and slow to change.

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