Human Dignity Curriculum

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The Human Dignity Curriculum (HDC) is an innovative program that focuses on personal development and informed decisions related to students’ sexuality based on an understanding of themselves, and in respect of their own human dignity and the dignity of others. Each lesson focuses on the “big picture” theme of how a proper understanding of the human person leads to human flourishing—helping students to understand and develop healthy habits, good decision-making skills, and a strong sense of meaning and purpose.

A sexual education module is introduced with the sixth grade (ages 11-12) but follows seven hours of instruction in personal development and a commitment to achieving human excellence in our own behaviors and choices within which sexual education content is integrated.

The HDC is intended as an alternative to existing programs, often confused and inadequate, while still meeting guidelines established by the UN and WHO.

Core Themes (Grades K-12)

  • Human Dignity
  • Hierarchy of Living Beings/ Powers of Living Things:
    • vegetative (nutrition, growth, reproduction: basic physical existence)
    • sensitive (senses and emotions: relation with the world)
    • rational (intellect and will: self-awareness and -determination)
  • Intentional Actions
  • Human Freedom
  • Persons as Subjects vs. Objects
  • Friendship & Heroes
  • Human Excellence

Sexual Education Module (Grades 6+)

  • Health-Hormone Connection
  • Emotion-Hormone Connection
  • Human Dignity & Health Integration

For more information, email us at education@wya.net or download our information booklet.

Testimonials

“… this program is important because it is 100% human development. Complex philosophical ideas are articulated with a clarity that children can understand.” —school principal, Mexico

“Everything has its price, like plants and animals, but we humans are worth the infinite.” —3rd grader, Mexico

“. . . through our actions we reveal our character, and this influences how others treat us; if we’re good people, we inspire others to be better to us.” –8th grader, NY