Wellness

The lessons are straightforward: There is no path to excellence at anything except the deliberate, purposeful formation of daily habits that make the specific form of excellence possible. There are no shortcuts, and mere talent is not enough

Edwin J. Delattre

The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, believed that cultivating and acting on good character assisted people in doing things "well" in striving to live a life of happiness. In other words, "excellence of activity" can best be attained when students have the capacity to make wise and balanced choices. Although he lived and taught over 2300 years ago, Aristotle's maxims on happiness are still valuable. He never drove a car, answered a phone, or saved a file on a computer, but he lived and shared his ideas about basic human problems that still face us today. The nature of human interaction has changed little during the past two millennia and as imperfect beings who desire to live life well, it is essential to pause and reflect upon the deeper, ethical considerations of health behavior.

 

Learn more about Wellness Education at Culver.

 

As a rigorous college preparatory school, Culver's mission aspires to this type of excellence by cultivating the cardinal virtues of wisdom, courage, moderation and justice. Achieving overall excellence at Culver is about asking and finding answers to these important questions. 

How do we at Culver cultivate the virtues so the student community can flourish?

  • (cultivate = to promote, to grow or tend, to nurture, to foster)
  • What do we do for ourselves to cultivate the virtues in living a healthy life?
  • What does wisdom, courage, moderation and just look like in action?
  • What do we do for each other to cultivate the virtues?
  • What does wisdom, courage, moderation and just look like in action?
  • What can Culver do to cultivate the virtues?
  • What do wisdom, courage, moderation and justice look like in action?

 

Although he never booted up a computer or studied during closed CQ, the enduring maxims of wisdom, courage, moderation and justice that the ancient philosopher Aristotle once spoke and wrote about, run parallel with the Culver's mission of developing the whole person - mind, spirit, and body. Through the cultivation of character and a focus on the whole person, Aristotle believed that cultivating and acting on good character assisted people in doing things "well" in striving to live a life of happiness. In other words, "excellence of activity" can best be attained when students have the capacity to make wise and balanced choices.

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