Values in Education
“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” – CS Lewis
Moral Values are the worthy ideals or principles that one follows to distinguish the right from the wrong. These ideals or virtues are considered worthy in building up the character of an individual. Students are the future of India. The future of our country depends upon the moral values imparted to them during their student life. Moral lessons should be properly implemented among students in school and colleges.
In today’s world, where corruption, violence, unrest have become so prevalent in our society, schools have an added responsibility to ensure that value education as a subject is taken seriously as a part of the curriculum to produce not just educated but also responsible citizens with insightful minds who believe in giving back to the society. Values should be integrated in various aspects of life. It goes without saying that values go a long way in building a person’s character. Education without strong character is like a ship without a captain. Good education is inconceivable if it fails to inculcate values which are indispensable for a holistic life. Qualifications and skills are essential in the success of an individual but without values he is incomplete as a person
Even though the world changes rapidly, the values that students need to develop are actually not really much different to those that were taught in bygone generations. It is just the application of those values in education that has changed. Showing respect to others, for instance, or caring for the environment are just as important as they ever were – and maybe even more so – but they are now applicable in a variety of new ways. For example: Teaching students to be respectful of others can now be applied to their behaviour online as well as off-line. Students should understand the importance of acting responsibly and respectfully when using forums, social media, or mobile devices. Similarly, good citizenship can now be equally applied to practicing good digital citizenship, whereby students learn to avoid the misuse of information or to acknowledge and respect others’ right to peace and privacy.
Value education means inculcating in the children sense humanism, a deep concern for the wellbeing of others and the nation. This can be accomplished only when we instil in the children a deep feeling of commitment to values that would build this country and bring back to the people pride in work that brings order, security and assured progress. A person with proper values will not be afraid to face problems
The School Climate is important in creating an environment to develop the character. The character we form is very much influenced by the role models we choose. The school atmosphere, the Personality and behavior of the teachers and the facilities provided in the campus will have a large say in developing a sense of values. The School Assembly, the Curricular and Co-curricular activities, the celebration of festivals of all religions, Work experience, Team games, Subjects, clubs, and Social service programs can all help in indicating the values..
Values should be integrated in various aspects of life. It goes without saying that values go a long way in building a person’s character. Education without strong character is like a ship without a captain. Good education is inconceivable if it fails to inculcate values which are indispensable for a holistic life. Qualifications and skills are essential in the success of an individual but without values he is incomplete as a person.