Moral education should be made compulsory in all schools
A major problem in morality is that if no one claims responsibility for deciding and acting out the ethical principles of right and wrong, morality becomes a word with no meaning.
Maybe it is time to rethink who has the primary responsibility to teach moral values!
How can we contradict values that are degrading and resisting for a change? Now, moral values are one of the main problems we are facing especially for children or teenagers. In past generations, we used to regard our parents and teachers with awe.
The question of retaliation when scolded by our parents or elders never arises in our minds. We used to greet our elders, parents and teachers with love and humbleness. Now, gone are those days. Youths of today lack manners and discipline.
Raising voice and retaliating when the youths are scolded by their parents and teachers, greeting teachers but in an unruly way. Some greet teachers even with punches or stones, retaliate or even try to take revenge if they are punished by their teachers.
So, such cases of indiscipline among youths are increasing day by day. It’s true that youths are reckless– always wanting to experiment new things and taste new things. But even though, we can’t just keep them running wild or leave them to mend their ways by themselves.
They need a firm grip or hold, a brake type. And this is possible only by value education- which is very much lacking in our present scenario. Now, if we are to ask a student, what is meant by value education if we won’t get an appropriate answer? It’s because they haven’t received moral or value education in a proper manner.
In some schools, the subject about moral is still there. But the way it has been taught – just as a light subject-question and answer type- the whole approach is not right. Teachers and students, both, take the subject lightly as it is not included in the board exam.
But no one has considered the importance and value of this subject- how it will help a student, or an individual for that matter, in the long run. Value education will be the brake that is very much needed to control the youths. It will help the youths listen to their inner voice – the conscience. And they will hesitate and have second thoughts before committing a wrong doing, like lying, and cheating others.
Value should be taught to our students; thus it will imbibe in them values like honesty, truthfulness, courage, proper manners and also how to control their urges, desires and whims.
Moral education should be made compulsory in all schools. We can’t say that the personality of a youth or an individual is complete, just because he is well-educated and is full of knowledge despite the lack of morality, then it should be practiced while the youth is still studying.
Parents, elders and teachers should try to impart education to the youths. Organizing seminars and workshops based on moral or value educations, especially for the youths become a must. A major problem in morality is that if no one claims responsibility for deciding and acting out the ethical principles of right and wrong, morality becomes a word with no meaning.
Are we now in deterioration when those children who have been reared in the moral relativity of the educational system are taking sides of moral relativity to the new levels? Are we seeing cause and effect? It cannot be denied that moral values are not being taught in many homes as they used to be, but is this not the result of previous conditioning?
Maybe it is time to rethink who has the primary responsibility to teach moral values. So we should not just sit idly and look at what is happening to our youths today because youths are our way for our better tomorrow. Our future may be is on their hands. As early as now we should give them full attention before it is too late. Ponder first before you dish out too!