Education is a learning experience, where an individual learns about various aspects of life, understands the different perspectives and tries to apply it in daily life. Education is important to the children, to adults and to society. It gives people knowledge of the world around them and changes it into something better. It means the fostering of the personality through the continuous development of innate qualities of a person. It aims to adjust the rhythm of the individual life with the rhythm of society.
This adjustment involves strengthening one’s character and the consolidation of moral fiber. But sadly, today our education system lacks these moral standards. In the race of becoming GREAT, we have forgotten the importance of becoming GOOD. Today life has become mechanical. Modern man has become very materialistic and is totally preoccupied in pursuit of material things. This excessive urge for materialistic gains has made him ignore the spiritual and moral aspects of his life. It is a fact that today the educational system has failed to inculcate in young people moral values. Despite the phenomenal increase in the number of educational institutions, there has been a deterioration of human values in our society. Charity, sympathy, selfless service, helping others and such other qualities are found only in a few people nodes. This is a matter of great concern of reductionist, not only in India but all over the world. Now moral education is not included in any syllabus whether of science or humanities. In ancient times children were sent to the guru’s ashram not only to imbibe education which could equip them to earn lively hood, but it also to imbibe moral and spiritual values. Such value she lapped them to sustain themselves in their moments of confusion and anxiety. Today these values are completely overlooked by our education system.
Moral education can be given through value education curriculum by all boards and universities. At the school level, the syllabus should include folk tales. Stories of patriotism, biographies of great men, poems, parables providing valuable lessons for the student. At the university level, the university grants commission has introduced a scheme of value education among students. Imparting human values to the students is the need of the hour. Moral education is most successful when it is passive and indirect.
Moral character is very important in our life. No individual can become a great man without character. All great men like Gandhiji, Swami Vivekanand, Subhash Chandra Bose, and Abraham Lincoln were men of strong and noble character. As the character is necessary for individuals, it is also necessary for a nation. A nation cannot make progress if it has lost its character. Thus the introduction of moral education from grassroots to university level is very necessary.
Mr .Gurjeet Singh, India
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