Kids today are torn between tradition and modernity. Educators and parents are faced with an important question: how to strike a perfect balance between trying to reinforce traditional values, but not be seen as offering resistance to the only constant thing in life--change.
Change can be defined as an opportunity offered by nature for course correction. Is all change good and, by extension, do all traditional things qualify to be termed as good by default?
The answer to this query does not provide for an unambiguous answer either in affirmative or otherwise--there are multiple shades of grey.
Today we live in a multicultural society, which is a byproduct of globalization. Therefore, teaching children about tradition and culture in the modern context calls for a fresh perspective -- one that takes into consideration the modern sensibilities and the environment we live in.
While all change may not be good, it may also be argued that there are certain traditions and cultural aspects that are worth preserving and fighting for. But it is great to have an open mind too. Let us take a look at some of the values that are relevant at all times:
Importance of Family Life: This is the most important factor responsible for inculcating moral and ethical values in children. We must therefore impress upon the younger generation why family is so important and how it acts as a support system they can rely upon at all times.
Respect for elders: India is one of the only few countries in the world where we are taught to respect our elders--in fact, it is ingrained in us. We must continue to uphold this tradition, for, elders enforce a sense of order and discipline in families and in the community.
Celebrating Festivals: They are great for learning about our traditions and culture. One must be proud of their heritage but at the same time learn to respect others’ ways and viewpoints too. This is very important in the multicultural environment we live in today.
Festivals like Diwali, Id, and Christmas are no longer celebrated only by the respective community, but celebrated as national festivals cutting across all divisions lends credence to the fact that the future of a nation as diverse as ours is in good hands.