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Importance Of Values And Ethics In Education

India as a country has progressed economically and critical steps have been taken to improve the quality of education standards but somewhere down the line, we seem to have lost sight of our country’s traditional values. It's time to start moulding the character of students to turn them into good citizens and most importantly a good human being.

In the morning when you open a newspaper, most of the headlines are about crimes like robberies, murders, and violence against children, women and elderly. There is also a huge chunk of news that is related to scams involving crores of rupees, corruption, and fraud. Who commits such crimes? Most perpetrators in such cases are well educated people who implement their well thought out plan in a sly manner.

During pre-independence, when very fewer people had access to education, most crimes were committed by illiterate people. It's believed that educated people display civilised behaviour, good manner, decency and ethical conduct. With the huge expansion of our education system, the percentage of marks obtained in examinations by the students has been rising to an unprecedented level. But, unfortunately, there is a steep decline in the character, moral values and overall behaviour of students.

In most educational institutions, there is a lack of the concept of human development, instead they emphasise on money-making and materialism. This act has resulted in the gradual erosion of values among people. There is a huge need for reversing this trend if India has to survive as a nation and acquire a strong position in the world. The only way to tackle this steep decline, is by providing value-orientation in the country’s educational system.

What are values? This term may mean different things to different people.

“A value is an enduring belief that a specific mode of conduct or end-state of existence is personally or socially preferable to an opposite or converse mode of conduct or end-state of existence.”

Five universal human values such as love, non-violence, truth, righteous conduct, and peace are directly linked to the physical, emotional psyche, intellectual and spiritual facets of a human personality. These five human values should be acquired during the childhood, starting first at home and then at school. This issue has been discussed extensively over the years.

Unfortunately, not much has been done to implement change. Many schools take concrete action to frame a strong curriculum for the development and adaptation of innovative methods in order to inculcate values and ethics in students. An indirect method of instructions is actually more effective in building the character of children. The atmosphere that is created in the school, the personality and behaviour of the school teachers are major factors in developing values among students.

It must be emphasised that consciousness of the values must permeate the whole curriculum and activities in the school. As one of the best ICSE schools in Baroda, we understand the importance of holistic growth and focus on education and overall personality development.

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