Importance of Value Education in Modern timeBeena Indrani*Everyone knows that life is precious – that life is important. We all protect our life because wecare for it more than anything else. If life is so important, the values of life are even moreimportant. Values are guiding principles, or standards of behaviour which are regardeddesirable, important and held in high esteem by a particular society in which a person lives."The Importance of Values and Morals are the code we live by in a civil and just society. Theyare what we use to guide our interactions with others, with our friends and family, in ourbusinesses and professional behaviour. Our values and morals are a reflection of ourspirituality; our character. They are what we hope to model for our children and the childrenaround us, because children do watch us as they develop their own sense of right and wrong.Value education means inculcating in the children sense humanism, a deep concern for the wellbeing of others and the nation. This can be accomplished only when we instill in the children adeep feeling of commitment to values that would build this country and bring back to the dprogress.A person with proper values will not be afraid to face problems. He or she will expect and acceptthem as part of life. He or she will not give un necessary importance to anything that happens inlife. He or she will have complete faith in God. Such a person will be an example to the rest.Last but not least we must love our own values in life, to build a strong character. It will help usto lead our life as it should be lead. It is very necessary for the fulfillment of life’s purpose.Intoday’s scenario our values have been discarded by the new generation in the upcoming of thenew fashion. In such a situation it is very important for someone to lay down basic principles forus so that we may lead a brightened life, no matter the stepping stones of success hit us hard weon the basis of these principles can guide our life. Thus value education completes this need veryeasily with an impact on the young minds making the world a better place to live in.**SRF, Research Scholar, Department of Education, University of Allahabad, AllahabadEmail Id: [email protected] India Journal: A Quarterly Refereed Journal of Dialogues on Education, ISSN 22782435, Vol. 1, Issue- 3, August 2012
Value shapes our relationships, our behaviours, our choices, and our sense of who we are. Themore positive our values, the most positive our actions. This is one of the reasons why valueeducation is being taught or included in all type of education, because it plays a great role forstudent’s becoming successful in their own choice of careers.Values in education are like what virtues make of a human being. Value education harmonizesthe need for the student to achieve in a competitive world and the need to be compassion to hisfellow beings. While society today faces many pressures and pulls of modern day advancementeducation with its competitive marking system is creating a market oriented society. Children arebeing groomed to be professionals to capture the top salary jobs in the market. All the samewhile it is necessary to teach the child to fish instead of giving him a fish it is values that make aman.The definition of value education is educating the child to harmonize every aspect of his beingviz. spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and psychological so as to develop his personalityin a holistic manner.Meaning of value-based education: Education is the vehicle of knowledge, self-preservationand success. Education not only gives a platform to succeed, but also the knowledge of socialconduct, strength, character and self-respect. The greatest gift education gives us is theknowledge of unconditional love and a set of values.These values include the simple difference between right and wrong, a belief in God, theimportance of hard work and self-respect. Education is a continuous learning experience,learning from people, learning from leaders and followers and then growing up to be the personwe are meant to be.Value- based education is a threefold development of any individual of any gender and age, butmost importantly of a child. Education tries to develop three aspects: physique, mentality andcharacter. Even though physique and mentality are important, they are menaces without the thirdbecause character is the greatest of these. Education plays a huge role in precisely this area.Education India Journal: A Quarterly Refereed Journal of Dialogues on Education, ISSN 22782435, Vol. 1, Issue- 3, August 2012
Value-based education is a tool which not only provides us a profession which we can pursue butalso a purpose in life. The purpose of our life is undoubtedly to know oneself and be ourselves.We cannot do it unless we learn to identify ourselves with all that lives. The objective ofeducation in a country like India, which has a glorious heritage and can boast of diversity ingeography, culture, values and beliefs very rarely seen in this wide world, should be to educate astudent of the value system which is indispensable to live successful life (Das, Sayan, 2008).Role of value education in contemporary society: Every Country develops its own system ofeducation to express and promote its unique Socio-Cultural identity and also to meet thechallenges of the times. Although the country has made rapid progress in various areas likescientific technology, economic infrastructure etc. but its value system has been declined.Therefore, Education in general and value education in particular occupies a prestigious place inmodern context of contemporary society. The problem of value education of the young hasassumed increasing prominence in educational discussion during recent times. Parents, teachersand society at large are concerned about values and value education of children. We arewitnessing tremendous value crisis throughout the world today. A lackadaisical attitude towardsvalue and its institutions is pervasive in the world today. The reappearance of barbaric qualitiesof selfishness, clashes and conflagration give clear indication of the process of degeneration ofhuman society. There is an urgent need for a great effort to revive and reform the values ion.Values are goals set for achievements and they motivate, define and color all our activitiescognitive, affective and conative. They are described as the socially defined desires and goalsthat are internalized through the process of conditioning, learning & socialization. The presenteducation needs moral, spiritual and aesthetic values also to be included in it. The culture andtraditions can be preserved & transferred to the next generation by the help of value educationonly. Value education is much concerned with striving for personal wholeness as well asgenerating a responsible attitude towards others and an understanding of wrong and rightbehavior. The most constructive factor in value education is its purpose which encourages thechild to explore the powers while offering living guidance and setting appropriate limits tobehavior. Value education helps in building and strengthening of positive sentiments for peopleEducation India Journal: A Quarterly Refereed Journal of Dialogues on Education, ISSN 22782435, Vol. 1, Issue- 3, August 2012
and ideals. It should prepare individuals for active participation in social life and acceptance ofsocial rules. Value education has to be included in various aspects of education. Attention needsto be pay by higher authorities to spread the importance of value education in society.Importance of value education: Education is a methodical effort toward learning basic factsabout humanity. And the core idea behind value education is to cultivate essential values in thestudents so that the civilization that teaches us to manage complexities can be sustained andfurther developed. It begins at home and it is continued in schools. Everyone accepts certainthings in his/her life through various mediums like society or government.Value education is important to help everyone in improving the value system that he/she holdsand put them to use. Once, everyone has understood their values in life they can examine andcontrol the various choices they make in their life. One has to frequently uphold the varioustypes of values in his life such as cultural values, universal values, personal values and socialvalues.Thus, value education is always essential to shape one's life and to give him an opportunity ofperforming himself on the global stage. The need for value education among the parents,children, teachers etc., is constantly increasing as we continue to witness increasing violentactivities, behavioral disorder, lack of unity in the society etc.The family system in India has a long tradition of imparting value education. But with theprogress of modernity and fast changing role of the parents it has not been very easy for theparents to impart relevant values in their wards. Therefore many institutes today conduct variousvalue education programs that are addressed to rising problems of the modern society. Theseprograms concentrate on the development of the children, young adults etc. focusing on areaslike happiness, humility, cooperation, honesty, simplicity, love, unity, peace etc.Importance of value education in schools: The importance of value education in schools ishighlighted by many a principal. Why is value education important in schools? Often the teacherexplains the meaning of value education to children. Value education begins at home and isdeveloped in schools. Stories with quotes on value education are important to help childrenEducation India Journal: A Quarterly Refereed Journal of Dialogues on Education, ISSN 22782435, Vol. 1, Issue- 3, August 2012
understand the topics of value education. Many value education videos are also available forvalue education for kids, students and for children for all ages. At time value education is offeredin schools. Moreover value education and character building go hand in hand just the same asnational integration does. Don Boscos’s School, Jesus and Mary’s Convent, St. Xavier’sSchool and St. Michael’s in India are fore runners in the field of value education in schoolstoday.Importance of value education in India: Value Education in India from the ancient times hasheld a prime place of importance. From the gurukul stage the child not only learnt skills ofreading and archery but more the philosophy of life in relation with its impermanence. Henceeducation in India was born of this vision to achieve one's experience in the absolute as a sparkof the divine and in this process practice of one's duty accompanies the acquisition ofknowledge. In the modern school system value education, was termed moral education or moralscience.Today most schools in India offer value education through school education. While privateschools offer value education through class-wise books on value education others offer valueeducation at special times in the school schedule e.g. assemblies, festivals etc. through activitieson special themes and topics of value education e.g. national integration, character building etc.Value education quotes are available on websites for special displays, use in essays on valueeducation and for notes on value education.Importance of value education for children: While value education is important for children inschools, the curriculum includes various forms of value education by means of stories, powerpoint programs, activities etc. Books, videos and source material on various topics of valueeducation are provided to children. Several schools promote value education projects, andexposure trips. Schools run by the Montford Brothers like St. Columbus, and MSFS schools inIndia train children to be responsible and contributing citizens of the nation for a better world.The archdiocesan schools in Delhi impart value education, which is compulsory in all theseventeen schools. So to in the 150 archdiocesan schools in Mumbai value education takes primeplace.Education India Journal: A Quarterly Refereed Journal of Dialogues on Education, ISSN 22782435, Vol. 1, Issue- 3, August 2012
Conclusion: The values or moral values present a true perspective of the development of anysociety or nation. They tell us to what extent a society or nation has developed itself. Values arevirtues, ideals and qualities on which actions and beliefs are based. Values are guiding principlesthat shape our world outlook, attitudes and conduct. Values however are our inborn divinevirtues such as love, peace, happiness, mercy and compassion as well as the positive moralqualities such as respect, humility, tolerance, responsibility, cooperation, honesty and simplicity.In the present time moral degeneration are occurred. The main causes of value degeneration are:------- Lack of respect for the sanctity of human life Breakdown of parental control of children in families Lack of respect for authority seen through the brazen breaking of the law and totaldisregard for rules and regulations Crime and corruption Abuse of alcohol and drugs Abuse of women and children and other vulnerable members of society Lack of respect for other people and propertyTo solve all these type problems it is necessary to know the main causes of the above problems.We know today children are tomorrow's citizens. If we give good education to the present daychildren, the future of the next generations will be well. My opinion education is the solution forall types of the problems. Now we are living in the modern century. If we use science andtechnology in the proper way it is not difficult for us to solve all the problems of the non-moraland value things. The main object of the study is to inculcate moral and value based education inschoo
assumed increasing prominence in educational discussion during recent times. Parents, teachers and society at large are concerned about values and value education of children. We are witnessing tremendous value crisis throughout the world today. A lackadaisical attitude towards value and its institutions is pervasive in the world today. The reappearance of barbaric qualities of selfishness .