Moral authenticity and coherence


Europa International School considers that achieving and acquiring a spontaneous habit of ethical behavior is of primary importance. This goal may, depending on the individual, arise from a religious motivation or from philosophical principles that appeal to human conscience. In either case, the consequent ethical principles include love and respect towards others in general, and towards the weak in particular, as well as generosity, love for truth and justice, and a keen and judicious determination to achieve the best conduct we are capable of in every sphere of life.

Once these principles are accepted as an essential goal of our mission, EIS does not exclude any students due to their religious convictions, nor is there any discrimination or preference on the basis of ideological convictions, social background, nationality, race or ethnic group.

Quite on the contrary, we believe that an appropriate preparation for our children to develop personally and professionally in the world where they will live (with less boundaries, borders, and a more globalized job market) implies the need for a liberal spirit that excludes all forms of fanaticism and exclusivism, precisely as a consequence of having a robust ethical conscience that directs our personal conduct.

A fundamental ethical principle is that of 'authenticity and coherence.' In this sense, for instance, the optional subject of Catholic religious education that parents choose for their children (a great majority in our school) is taught by an educator who is assigned by the diocese.
Parents often feel insecure when dealing with an educational system based on freedom, though it may be (as it is in our case) carried out with close and continual attention to the student by our tutors, or heads of year. Only "in theory" do we consider it desirable to leave moral choices up to our children's free and spontaneous decisions.
As an alternative, there are rigid systems of rewards and punishments which would only prepare a student for a world where a system of prohibitions and punishments prevailed. But our children will live in a more permissive society than ours and, therefore, one in which the moral quality of the individual's conduct must be based on the coherence of his/her conscience, being clearly and deeply exercised in the freedom of choice that springs from living out the fullness of human nature.
In humans, who are both rational and animal, animality is a given fact. On the other hand, rationality (judiciousness and coherence, awareness of our common interest in others' wellbeing, aspiration to perfection, etc.) has to be worked out, and worked on as a permanent task. One is not free when he/she can "be whatever;" one is more free when one becomes what human beings genuinely and specifically aspire to.
As the motto on our school emblem reads: ESSENTIAE FIDELITAS LIBERTATIS FONS (“faithfulness to one’s essence is the source of freedom”).