I want to start the article with two examples of my real life experience. The first example can be narrated like this - Once after school, I boarded a public bus at our highway stoppage to come to my home. I was very tired like all other days,  because we have to walk 2 kilometres everyday from the school campus to the highway stoppage where we take the bus to home. That day the bus was fully occupied, so my colleague and I stood on the aisle of the bus. A few senior citizens, lady teachers and even a very old woman were already standing inside of the bus. But I was shocked to see that  few students  seated inside the bus  were busy with their mobiles and laughing during the entire journey. The second example can be narrated like this - Once we were lost in the middle of flooded paddy field in the month of June while going towards school in the morning. In the knee-high water we lost the track of the usually taken road and we were very perplexed and confused which way to go. After some time an aged villager came forward and showed us the way towards the school. That day we reached the school safely only because of the villager’s help. Now I want to open the floor for discussion. Like the first example, I am sure that all the members of teacher community have faced the episode. Most of us usually agree that the students are to be blamed but actually we all (teachers, parents and students) are responsible for this kind of socially unacceptable rude behaviour. The main reason for this is the lack of value-based moral education in our school curriculum. On the contrary, in the second episode, the elderly person showed the kindness by  helping us.

         That is why the value-based moral education is very important at school level, because the school days are the prime time for formative and cognitive development of the children. Let’s discuss the meaning and importance of moral education in schools.     

What is Moral Education?

          Moral education is a kind of formative education through which children grow up to become good mannered, well behaved,  amiable, successful, healthy and socially acceptable individual. Moral education teaches us what is right and what is wrong. It provides us a set of rules or principles to distinguish what is socially acceptable and what is not socially acceptable. In fact, the origin of moral education is in ancient Greek education system and is considered to be as old as education itself. In India, the teachings of Holy Scriptures like Veda, Upanishads, and the central theme of the entire story of Ramayana are actually moral education. But in this ultra modern era of science and technology, we lost the importance of moral education, which is one of the greatest defects of our education system. There are many reasons why moral education is important.

Why do we need moral education?

          There are four major benefits of moral education. First and foremost, moral education develops a good, strong and positive character among school children which help them to respect themselves and make them healthy and successful. Secondly, moral education teaches us about the importance of team work and cooperation. It inculcates good manners and amiable behaviors towards other individuals of the society. Thirdly, it teaches us the importance of civic education. It promotes the civic senses of the individual making them responsible citizen which contributes to the development of a nation and ultimately shapes humanity. For example, keeping our home and school premises neat and clean. Lastly, but not the least, moral education teaches us to respect our own culture and traditions i.e. provides us cultural education. It inculcates cultural values of our own national and ethnic customs and traditions. These four aspects of moral education, hence, widely called the four pillars of moral education.If moral education is being provided properly in the school during the formative ages of the children then they can learn how to work in cooperation and how to make good decisions for themselves and for the nation showing responsibility and respects towards the nation and culture.  

Quotes of the great thinkers on moral education:

The greatest scientist of all time Albert Einstein once said:

“The most important human endeavour is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.”

The greatest social reformer of all time Martin Luther King said:

“Education without morals is like a ship without a compass, merely wandering nowhere.” 

 Greatest US Presidents Theodore Roosevelt said:

“To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”

Our very own father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi said: 

“Education means all-round drawing out of the best in child and man - body, mind and spirit.”

Writer's address:

Begum Momtaz Laskar.

Assistant Teacher,

Bhandari Char LP School,

Hajo Block, Kamrup.

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