VALUE SYSTEMS IN SCHOOLS
“Education the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle” In today’s world, teaching values to our youth is more important than ever. From the moment they are born, children are extremely impressionable. They begin to form their opinions and view of the world before they even hit their adolescence. What we students and children are subjected to, what we see, and what we are taught at shapes up our personality and how we perceive the world. Saying this, core values must be taught so children will grow up to be caring, confident and respectful adults. Since children spend majority of their time at school, where they are taught, it is important to teach values for their development into adults. Educators are tasked with the job of helping children see that values are not only an important part of the educational process but also to their overall development as an individual. Education must instill in children a proactive social conscience. Students’ understanding is limited to learning about the subjects. We should know how we should live their lives; commit ourselves to the welfare of the country, care about the environment along with other social and moral issues. We should be clear as to what sort of people we hope to become when we complete our education. Education without teaching moral values turns children into machines. Such a perspective defeats the very purpose of education - the wholesome development of personality including ethical development which is fundamental for making responsible decision making in case of moral conflicts.Who we are and who we will become as people can be greatly influenced by what we are taught in our school years. The mass media (television, magazines, etc.) has senselessly gripped our children, and assaults them with information, views and prejudice in a manner that young minds can hardly discern or judge. While the questioning attitude and critical thinking needs to be...
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