Moral education is the need of the hour
SOCIETY BY REHANA AKHTER
Moral education is assuming an importance greater than ever. Increasing crime rate, adolescent emotional anxieties, suicide, murder etc have caused a moral alarm. While not all of these social concerns are moral in nature, and most of them have complex origins, but the problem is more or less moral in nature. The moral education of children and adolescents is a matter of deep concern to everyone. Moral education means to fulfill the duty relating to society and nation. If a person does his duty honestly, it means he is learning moral education in real sense. A human being wants to get success in life, for this he desires to get so. These desires make him different from animals.
In olden days, moral education was imparted in every school. Now that is not the case. It is not considered important anymore.
The term “moral,” is derived from a Latin word, moris, which means “manner.” “Moral behaviour” is the manner in which we all conduct our life. It is based on the value judgements of what is right and what is wrong. Such judgements establish standards or codes of conduct. This shows the relativity of the basis of what is referred to as “morality” or “moral practices.” There are a variety of factors that affect the formation of such “values.” Culture, tradition, ideologies and religious belief systems are among the major factors forming the body of ethics in a society. This body of ethics generates a normative process which controls the development and conduct of behaviour.
For moral education to be effective and lasting, it has to begin with the life of each individual. The formation of character and the ability of discernment of good and bad, or right and wrong, start to take root and crystallize from the early days of life. Parents, particularly mothers, are necessarily the first educators and the best models for their children for many years. Educating parents, especially mothers, as primary agents of moral educations, is an essential factor. Moral education has to be family-based. We need to build a moral environment at home.
The younger the children, the more they look up to their parents and to their teachers as examples to emulate. The behaviour and character of the teacher, i.e. deeds, teach more than lessons, i.e. words. It is therefore a fundamental principle in moral education that teachers and educators set the example of the behaviour that they want to instill in their pupils. We can say that moral education starts with teacher education, and teacher education starts with teachers morally educating themselves.
Thus, moral education must be an integral part of every educational activity. That calls for a new framework to be adopted for moral education and a comprehensive educational programme to be devised. It should be the part and parcel of every educational curriculum.
Let's all work towards making our society morally sound.
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