From its founding in 1918, the Boston University School of Education has pursued three missions: to educate and prepare professional teachers, administrators, and educators to accept leadership responsibilities throughout the world; to offer continuing educational opportunities for practicing teachers and administrators to make the very most of their talents; and to promote research and scholarship that elevate the quality of education. Attention to the surrounding community has made School of Education faculty and students particularly effective teachers and learners, sensitive and responsive to the circumstances and realities of schooling. These goals are reflected in the affirmation that follows. During a special ceremony during your junior year, you will recite the Educator’s Affirmation as a pledge of dedication to the profession.
The Boston University Educator’s Affirmation
- I dedicate myself to the life of an educator, to laying the living foundations upon which successor generations must continue to build their lives.
- I dedicate myself to the advancement of learning, for I know that without it our successors will lack both the vision and the power to build well.
- I dedicate myself to the cultivation of character, for I know that humanity cannot flourish without courage, compassion, honesty, and trust.
- I commit myself to the advancement of my own learning and to the cultivation of my own character, for I know that I must bear witness in my own life to the ideals that I have dedicated myself to promote in others.
- In the presence of this gathering, I so dedicate and commit myself.
Written for the occasion of the April 24, 1989, School of Education Junior Pinning Ceremony, by Dr. Steven Tigner.