Human Relations

Adopted November 1968 – Reviewed and deemed relevant March 2012 – Community Concerns Commission

California State PTA believes that good human relations must be an important force in working toward the prevention and solution of problems in communities. A high value must be placed on positive, interpersonal communication in which each person is treated with respect and appreciation, regardless of individual differences.

Typical interpersonal behaviors should reflect and support the following values (applicable without regard to differences in respect to rank, class, age, race, gender, disability, or sexual orientation): respect, courtesy/civility, appreciation, empathy, trust, inclusion and consultation.

The United States is a product of immigration and the cultural pluralism of its people. It consists of a multitude of diverse ethnic, racial and religious groups that share in common American citizenship, a democratic way of life and values which stress the worth and dignity of the individual.

California State PTA welcomes diversity as an opportunity for teaching, developing and promoting multicultural competencies and understanding. Racial, ethnic, gender, sexual identity, disability, religious and other individual or group differences shall not be regarded as hindrances to success. Instead they shall be treated as positive opportunities for improving the quality of life.

The home and school are two of the strongest influences in shaping attitudes of children. All schools must be deeply involved with positive human relations in the education of the child. This concern, however, is not the job of the school alone; all interacting forces in the community must work together, so that each member of society has equal access to opportunities to develop to their full potential.

Human relations impact the future of family and community well-being. Success of individuals, families and communities depends on the type of human relations that are built. It is essential for PTA at every level to commit its efforts toward building an infrastructure that supports positive human relations in the healthy development of all children.

†See related position statement: Character Education.

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