Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society subscribes to the four ideals
of Fidelity to Humanity, Service, Science, and Toil. We endeavor to maintain
professional fellowship, enhance professional growth, and honor achievement
in the field of education and related helping professions.
Education is a vital force
in any society that encourages universal welfare and individual progress.
Education is likewise the cornerstone of democracy and the foundation for
personal fulfillment. As an International Honor Society in Education,
Kappa Delta Pi has adopted and continues to pledge fidelity to four cherished
ideals: Humanity, Science, Service, and Toil.
The central ideal of fidelity
to Humanity is faith in the potential of all
human beings, through education, to experience more meaningful lives.
Kadelpians pledge their loyalty to the ideal that young and old of every
race and creed shall, through equality of educational opportunity, enjoy
physical health, social and political rights, and economic justice.
Fidelity to the ideal
of Science requires faithfulness to the cause
of free inquiry. It implies accepting proven and replicative truth
as a way of eliminating prejudice and superstition. It also implies
not rushing to condemn the old and tested truth to accept ideas and practices
that seem new and spectacular. Fidelity to Science
requires, perhaps most of all, not distorting evidence to support a favored
theory or practice.
A major incentive of the
great teachers of the world has always been their desire to serve learners
of all ages, classes, and races. Kadelpians pledge fidelity to Service
as they enable learners and communities, through education, to achieve
justice, peace, and a better quality of life for persons everywhere.
is the fourth ideal to which Kadelpians pledge fidelity. With faith
in the social necessity and intrinsic reward of the teaching profession,
they show their will to do what must be done. If one life is given
greater freedom and nobler vision, toil is
not in vain.
So to teach that my words
and actions inspire a will to learn; so to serve that each day may enhance
the growth of exploring and expanding minds; so to live that I may guide
young and old to know the truth and love the right. To the fulfillment
of these ideals, I pledge my efforts and loyalty.
The Society is
a community of scholars dedicated to worthy ideals:
scholarship and excellence
the development and
dissemination of worthy educational ideas and practices;
the continuous growth
and leadership of its diverse membership;
inquiry and reflection
on significant educational issues; and
a high degree of professional