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What is the HDC?

The Human Dignity Curriculum (HDC) is a K-12 curriculum that teaches personal identity and human excellence. Cross-cutting themes include human dignity, freedom, solidarity, history of ideas, and human rights.

Common questions students have about this critical topic include:

The HDC grounds each grade in this fundamental reality: we are all equal in dignity. No one, and no action, can take away your dignity.

Taking this key premise as a starting point, we introduce students to the following philosophical and anthropological ideas:

1. Action follows being.
When I understand who I am (a person with dignity), this impacts and changes what I do, how I see myself, and who I become (my actions).
2. Freedom enables human excellence.
Students learn that freedom consists of choosing actions that respect the human dignity of themselves and of others.
3. Persons are subjects, not objects.
What you do to the body, you do to the person; no person should ever be used or objectified.

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