The development of S-AERA was primarily influenced by four thinkers in China,England, and the U.S.
One world. Inspired by the “one world” vision of the greatest ancient Chinese educator, Confucius, S-AERA intends to create a collaborative and egalitarian intellectual community called the “Global Village.” In the Global Village, all educators are treated as equal with mutual respect, trust, honesty, encouragement, support and collaboration. The Global Village serves as a platform for passionate
educators in both the U.S. and China to exchange ideas, to collaborate on projects and to explore educational solutions together.
Service. Guided by UVA founder Mr. Thomas Jefferson’s belief that “education should serve society,” the S-AERA’s ultimate goal is to serve humanity and the global community by providing free services and resources (e.g., activities, videos).
Creativity. S-AERA is influenced by the well-known British creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson. Unlike traditional academic organizations, the S-AERA organization is very open and it welcomes a variety of creative formats including art, music, dance, skits, and performances. It highly encourages its members to make an impact in society using nontraditional formats.
Value. The development of S-AERA is also guided by its founder Dr. Dengting Boyanton’s mutual value theory. Dr. Boyanton strongly believes that seeking and creating value is the fundamental need of all human beings and also the essential purpose of living. Thus, S-AERA strives to help its members achieve four values:
1)self-value, help its members to achieve their fullest individual potential;
2) perceived self-value, help its members to feel cared for, respected, encouraged, and appreciated by one another;
3) other-value, encourage its members to care for, support, encourage, respect, and appreciate each other;
4) course-value, help its members to discover their passion for children and education as well as to develop a sense of responsibility for the society and the world.