Value education

A recent study shows our curriculum is less than effective in providing value education. A large proportion of students seems to harbor attitudes and believes about crucial area of social and personal life that shows bias and ignorance. Gender and sectarian bias, insensitivity to disability and misconception about civic responsibility and ecological challenges are rife. For example, nearly 45 % of students in class 4th, 6th, and 8th felt that education for girls is less important than for boys. Nearly half of the students had strong preconceptions about people of the other religion and believe that religious differences matter and should be violently defended. The progressive values articulated in the founding document of our republic, the constitution, have still not found wide acceptance in our schools. Could it be that our schools focus exclusively on academic and examinations, and less on values and attitude of the students? A matter of poor balance, perhaps? Students in schools depend more on rote learning and less on understanding. These students fail poorly also in international comparisons of academic learning. The failure in academic learning is closely linked to the failure to nurture values and sensitivity towards others and nature.  Our Schools and teachers need to become adept at encouraging students to question the conventional and discover the meaning of the personal and civic values that promote wellbeing. As in the case of academic subjects, questioning and understanding values and the learning that results are crucial for our children’s future. The future of our society, our state, too, depends on it.

Pupinder Singh Bali
Sr. Regional Manager
Educational Initiatives
(ASSET)-India
pupinder@ei-india.com

Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 2 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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