Moral Values versus Academic Subject Matters
Good morning faculty and Students “Welcome back to a new and rewarding School year” was the first thing I heard Principle Williams say as he made the announcements. The next thing on the agenda was to go over the rules of the school and classroom. It is the first day of school at Westover Elementary and the students are back in school for one hundred and eighty days. WOW! I just love my job. Well it is time to get down to business. We must go over the morals of the school and classroom before we can begin the lesson plan for this academic year. This year the students are in for a rule awakening because Principle Williams has added new rules and regulations to the schools conduct code, and it is nothing to take lightly. I read these new regulations and began to wonder, If I were an elementary school principal, Would I feel it was part of my school’s responsibility to teach moral values, or only academic subject matters? Well let me sit back and think further.
The first step in deciding whether to teach moral values or only academic subjects is to define what moral values are and how it might help in the academics of the school. According to the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary (2012), the adjective moral means to teach the conception of right or wrong behavior. In a classroom, you want to have control of the students so they will be able to learn as much as possible in a timely manner. When students and parents think of about the school curriculum, they think of the subject’s math, science, social studies, and English courses. They are not thinking about moral values as being a part of the curriculum. This in itself can be a problem because it is hurting our students and causing problems in our society. If a student does not learn moral values, he or she will not be able to distinguish the right and wrong they are doing. Building a foundation to stand on and follow will allow our children to...
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