“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” – CS Lewis
As the 21st century children seem to be smarter than ever, the importance of a value-based education has become a necessity like never-before. Technology has crept into Education and has opened infinite windows to information. The young minds are now exposed to the ocean of thoughts and ideas, without boundaries. In the light of this exposure, educating children on their values have become the need of the hour.
Although Value education has become the buzz word in our present day curriculum, it had always been a vital part of the education system from ancient times. The Vedas, Puranas and Upanishads have been the source of teaching values during those days. The Gurukul system of education brought students from all strata of society together, teaching them the essence of indiscrimination, harmony and to lead a pious life. In fact, the Gurukul system followed the Methodology of teaching/ Education through values.
But, the future generations have moved into a turmoil of globalization, where the drastic shift in our socio-economic conditions has influenced every aspect of human life, relationships and values. As the later generations move forward towards a fast-paced, highly ambitious and success oriented lifestyle, a global dearth of values is noticed in today's youngsters.
Value Education is the most essential tool which would inculcate higher moral and social ideals in a child. This, as an integral part of the education system in a child's life, can build a strong character for his/her own future as well as for the society, of which he is an integral part.
It leads to a vital point that the teaching of values cannot just be achieved though stories, role plays, presentations and seminars. Values have to be lived by us each moment to teach them to our children. The responsibility of teaching values is often shouldered by the schools/education system. On the contrary, the child's first teachers are his/her parents. The first few years of childhood are mostly spent at home, imitating and observing the parents and family members. Those are also the most crucial years for receiving the essence of values. So, family and schooling/education needs to go hand-in-hand in order to teach the future generation to lead an ethical life. The influence of the people with whom they live and share their life goes a long way to demonstrate the importance of living their lives with these values.
What else can be a non-perishable asset that we can gift to our future generations other than teaching them the Right Values of Life!! After all, the Maths and Science that I learnt in school is mostly forgotten, but the moral values learnt from my grandma's stories and Moral Science books have made me the person who I am
“You lit the lamp of values in my heart, which leads me through the path of righteousness, in the darkest hours of my life.”
Ms. Shreerupa Dutta
Teacher (Grade 2)