We often find ourselves vulnerable to enticements and temptations. The true test of our integrity is dependent on how our core set of values inculcated by our parents and nurtured by our teachers can withstand the challenges posed by our environment.
For example, most of us are law-abiding citizens. But, many of us will admit to driving down a one-way street in a moment of weakness only to end up running into a police officer.
Oh, the ignominy!
Moral of the story is, our core set of values are non-negotiable and we must remain true to ourselves regardless of the circumstances.
Our education begins from the day we are born. We continue to learn all our life, with parents and educators sharing the great responsibility of shaping our future.
The world around us is changing rapidly with the advancement in technology and we must adapt ourselves to our new environment. However, it is equally important to preserve our core value system. Teachers and parents need to work together to shape the youth of today into responsible citizens of tomorrow.
Incorporating value education in schools and greater involvement from parents could provide the answers to the issues like social alienation and antisocial behaviour faced by our society.
School environment is ideal for developing traits like growth mindset in children. Let's see what other values children can develop in school with the help of their teachers:
- Creativity: Encouraging children to be creative boosts their sense of self-worth.
- Collaboration: Teamwork is the ability to work across barriers and is a highly valued quality in the 21st century work culture.
- Growth mindset: A ‘fixed’ mindset makes children believe their talent is a fixed trait, whereas a growth mindset encourages them to further develop that talent.
Home environment provides a natural space for parents to inculcate values like compassion in children. Let's see how it can benefit a child's growth:
- Family Values: Spending more time with children is a great way to teach them the importance of family life.
- Compassion: Teaching children to have concern for all living things goes a long way in making the world a better place.
- Sharing: Teaching children the joy of sharing with the less fortunate is a great way to get them to place others’ interests before their own.
Finally, children may not always be forthcoming with their problems. For this reason, it is important to create a support system based on value education and responsible parenting to help them deal effectively with their anxieties and concerns.