Today's education system has become more or less economical. Students study for the potential of education to make them rich in near future, institutes grant knowledge for the purpose of fattening their own pockets and teachers serve the middle-terms, mostly driven by their need for money.
Schools are the lighthouse of the society. It is the first portal which opens its gate to take in those young impressionable minds which can be moulded in any way that they are taught. Human beings learn from their surroundings, from live examples; without quality education the sole motive of education goes astray.
Education is not all about formulas and equations, it is about the way it moulds our soul and mind. Ethics, soft skills and etiquettes are all a part of the curriculum, from the very beginning!
Parents want children to get good grades so that they can achieve a good return on their investments. In the run they forget that schools might be churning out good mark-sheets but the importance of moral education is someway lost in between. We all start from scratch; the alphabets, numbers, fingers on our lips and sharing lunch, but along our way up the ladder of education the significance of value education is lost to scientific principles.
Moral science is an absolutely essential part of the school curriculum since it shapes the way we look towards our everyday life. Whether or not you'll help an old man cross a street depends on how well you are versed with ethics and moral behaviour, not how well you recite the tables. Moral science inculcates inseparable values in the character of a child.
Though morals are not fully picked up from the place of education, since the nature of value education is subjective, still educators should pay great heed to how much they invest upon moral education in their school curriculum. Mostly, moral education is taught as a separate subject namely Moral Sciences in the majority of schools in our country. The nature of this subject is very impressionable, as the textbooks contain lessons that are quite inspirational and students get to pick up some valuable points about life. A lot of text like poems, stories and essays combine to make up a good material for teaching moral science.
Would you rob? Would you like to be robbed? A number of such types of questions might pop up in textbooks driving the minds of the young readers towards bigger things in life. Soul intriguing questions can drive their thoughts towards those domains of reasoning where they might have never gone before. Empathising and feeling for others just seeps in magically once children get apprised with what's right and what's wrong.
Moral science influences our critical thinking and helps students to understand themselves, their bond with the universe and all existent things which feel and communicate. We are humans, naturally we share some goals; moral science facilitates our understanding of our needs and goals so as to make us reach those goals in a better way by cultivating the practical application of principles and morals.
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The Importance of Moral Education
There is a special need today for evolving a new system of education in India which must be in tune with our major values of national tradition and integration. This system can only nourish and strengthen our national consciousness. Before 1976, education was the exclusive responsibility of the states. By the constitutional amendment of 1976, education was included in the Concurrent List. While the role and responsibility of the states in education remained largely unchanged the union government accepted a larger responsibility for reinforcing the national system of education to bring about uniformity in education.
Education means the fostering of the personality through the continuous development of innate qualities of a person. It aims to adjust the rhythm of the individual life with the rhythm of the society. This adjustment involves strengthening of one character and consolidation of the moral fiber. Today our education system lacks these moral standards.
From ethical point of view human actions can be judged as good or bad right or wrong moral or immoral. These judgments are always determined by the common moral standard of our society. Morality is not a law imposed upon us by our fellow men. It is a law that we ourselves can understand and choose for our guidance because we see that it is good sense to do. Broadly morality means honesty of character, fairness in attitude, absence of evils like hatred, jealously, greed, telling lies, etc. The ultimate objective of education is to inculcate these human values in the students.
Today life has become mechanical. Modern man has become very materialistic and is totally preoccupied in pursuit of material things. This excessive urge for materialistic gains has made him ignore the spiritual and moral aspects of his life. It is a fact that today the educational system has failed to inculcate in young people moral values. Despite the phenomenal increase in the number of educational institutions, there has been a deterioration of human values in our society. Charity, sympathy, selfless service, helping others and such other qualities are found only in a few people nodes. This is matter of great concern of reductionists, not only in India but all over the world. According to the parliamentary standing committee on human resources Development the concerted efforts made during the last six decades have failed to achieve the desired results. Well chalked out plans and strategies for making our education value oriented still remain on paper.
Now moral education is not included in any syllabus whether of science or humanities. But our ancient universities of Nalanda and Taxila focused on imparting moral education to the students. Then teachers laid emphasis on the need to become a perfect human being. Values like respect to elders and teachers, discipline and restraint in life were taught by the teachers. in ancient times children were sent to the guru’s ashram not only to imbibe education which could equip them to earn lively hood, it also to imbibe moral and spiritual values. Such value she lapped them to sustain themselves in their moments of confusion and anxiety. Today these values are completely overlooked by our education system.
Educationists opine that morality cannot be taught as a subject in any educational institution. It is something which child learns from its parents an family. As our country is secular country, it is not possible to include religion as a syllabus in schools of colleges. The moral education can be given through discipline and punishment for violating the codes of conduct.
Moral education can be given through value education curriculum by all boards and universities. At school level, the syllabus should include folk tales. Stories of patriotism, biographies of great men,, poems, parables providing valuable lessons for the student. At university level the university grants commission has introduced a scheme of value education among students. Imparting human values to the students is the need of the hour. Moral education is most successful when it is passive and indirect.
Our indifference to morality is clear from the widespread corruption in our society. There is no sphere of public administration where this evil does not rule supreme. Bribery has become a common feature of our public life we have to start form the grassroots level to impart moral education to our children.
Moral character is very important in our life. No individual can become a great man without character. All great men like Gandhiji, Vivekanand Subhash Chandra Bose and Abraham Lincoln were men of strong and noble character. As character is necessary for individuals, it is also necessary for a nation. A nation cannot make progress if it has lost its character. Thus introduction of moral education from grassroots to university level is very necessary.