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The Virtue of Understanding: The Virtue of May at HongDe

At HongDe Elementary, we believe in nurturing not only academic excellence but also the development of strong character and virtues. As we delve into May, our focus turns to the virtue of Understanding. Rooted in empathy, compassion, and insightful perceptions, Understanding is at the core of our school community’s values.

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What is Understanding?

As defined by The Virtues Project, this virtue involves being insightful in our perceptions of ideas and feelings. It encompasses listening with compassion and accuracy to others’ feelings, fostering a sense of empathy and connection.

The Virtue of Understanding:
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding. Leonardo da Vinci

Promoting Understanding at HongDe Elementary

Throughout the month, our students, teachers, and staff will actively engage in activities and discussions centered around Understanding. We’ll explore the importance of empathy in building strong relationships and fostering a culture of inclusivity and acceptance.

Book of the month: "We All Belong Together"

Book of the Month: “We All Belong Together”

This month, we dive into “We All Belong Together” by Nathalie Goss and Alex Goss, a heartwarming tale that celebrates diversity and inclusion, dedicated to the virtue of the month: Understanding. This #1 Bestseller in Children’s Books on Tolerance & Manners is a beautifully illustrated picture book that teaches children the importance of respect and empathy.

In “We All Belong Together,” children explore how we’re different in some ways and the same in others, fostering a sense of belonging and unity. This captivating story is filled with diverse characters from various cultural backgrounds, promoting understanding and appreciation of differences.

The Virtues Project

At HongDe Elementary, we are proud to align our values with The Virtues Project. This global initiative aims to inspire individuals to live by their highest values, fostering a culture of kindness, integrity, and compassion. Understanding is just one of the many virtues we uphold and celebrate within our school community.

The Virtue of Understanding: Embracing it together at HongDe Elementary

Embracing Understanding Together

As we navigate through May, let us embrace Understanding in all aspects of our lives. Let’s strive to listen with compassion, seek understanding in moments of disagreement, and cultivate empathy toward others’ experiences and perspectives.

At HongDe Elementary, Understanding is more than just a virtue; it’s a guiding principle that shapes how we interact with one another and navigate the world around us. Together, let’s embody the spirit of Understanding and create a community filled with empathy, compassion, and connection.


What is a virtue?

A virtue is a positive trait or quality that is considered morally good and desirable. It is a characteristic that guides our actions, behaviors, and interactions with others.

Is understanding a moral virtue?

Yes, understanding is indeed considered a moral virtue. It encompasses qualities such as empathy, compassion, and the ability to perceive and appreciate the perspectives and feelings of others.

Is understanding an intellectual virtue?

Understanding can also be regarded as an intellectual virtue. While it involves emotional intelligence and empathy, it also encompasses the ability to grasp concepts, ideas, and information with depth and clarity.

What is perfecting the virtue of being understanding?

Perfecting the virtue of being understanding involves continually striving to cultivate empathy, compassion, and open-mindedness in our interactions with others. It requires active listening, empathy, and a willingness to see the world from different perspectives.

What does the virtue of understanding mean?

The virtue of understanding means having insightful perceptions of ideas and feelings. It involves listening with compassion and accuracy to others’ feelings, fostering empathy, connection, and mutual respect in relationships and interactions. Understanding allows us to bridge differences, cultivate meaningful connections, and promote harmony and compassion within our communities.

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