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A Blueprint

A Blueprint

Education based on moral values and a Higher Power

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Education is the basis and sustenance of civilization. It provides the knowledge and the means necessary to define the world's complex problems and pursue rational solutions to them. However, it is insufficient that education merely imparts knowledge, for it must also teach mankind how to live. Our era needs men and women trained in moral and ethical values that will sustain them individually, and inspire them to create a better world for their children and for generations to come.

Throughout the ages, man's most formidable enemy has been his own ignorance. His need for education has transcended national and racial boundaries among the peoples of the world. Though modern scientists have enabled man to land on the moon and to cure scores of pernicious diseases, mankind's progress in achieving a moral meaningful way of life has not kept pace. The pioneer in the development of a moral and ethical order was the Jewish people, rooted in its belief in a single deity and its acceptance of the Torah for its way of life.

Thousands of years later, indeed, at this very day, it is still imperative, and it is incumbent upon all, to exert their greatest effort, to educate man so that he might better serve himself and his community.

Education and a commitment to establishing an environment in which it can flourish is necessary in a world beset by contagious international crises and frustrations. Moral and ethical values must be an integral part of any educational system if man is to realize G‑d's expectation of him, and if man is to live in harmony with his fellow man.

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To emphasize the vital role of education in society, the United States annually marks "Education and Sharing Day U.S.A." on the anniversary of the birth of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, who dedicated his life to the cause of education.