Source Why Teach Moral Values When most persons talk about a school curriculum, they think about math, science, social studies, and language courses.
Yet while the wealthy may have recourse to financial advisers and use tax havens because they can afford to, they are not alone in making choices without moral recourse, for we can all be guilty of it to some lesser degree, even if just by supporting those multinationals engaged in large-scale tax avoidance.
For without proper ethical considerations, we are in danger of society becoming increasingly fragmented and unstable as self-interest overshadows the public good. The other, powerful change in our society that adds to the ethical imperative is the unprecedented and largely unregulated advances in science and technology that are happening across the globe.
Many of the projects may appear inconceivable — as did mapping the human genome a decade ago — and as implausible as the Gilgamesh Project seems today.
The pace of change and innovation is bewildering. Instead of going hand in hand with ethical considerations, scientists working in the fields of nanotechnology, intelligent design, cyborg engineering or engineering of inorganic life are largely operating outside of any moral construct.
The dangers of unregulated technology, of not grounding decision-making on futures in ethics are potentially catastrophic. In order for adults to begin to make the appropriate political and ethical decisions on using new technologies, we need first to start training our children to ask salient and responsible questions, based on a resolute moral and ethical framework.
We need to train them to think differently. In the first instance, it is up to those leaders in society, the wealthy, the leaders of industry and public figures to lead the way.
And yet, our experience is that their example is often a poor one, highlighted recently by yet another chapter in the cash for access scandal. Sadly, that is the popular perception of many of our financial traders and politicians.
If we look at the banking crisis and expenses scandals, those guilty came predominantly from the well-educated, from leading schools and universities.
Clearly, there is something missing in their education, call it humility, empathy, honesty or some similar values.
Too often they leave school compromised, half-cooked, despite their academic achievements. Somehow, their otherwise excellent education has let them — and society, down. The current focus on mindfulness on happiness, on well-being and on character is all very well, but there is a more fundamental challenge for our schools.
We cannot put everyone in a single moral universe but we can teach them about cause and consequence, about the value of charity and community and about having values that are not able to be measured in material terms alone.
Before talking of developing grit and resiliencewe should be offering the children in our schools an education in morals and values for that would underpin their lives like nothing else.The school's curricula should also support parental teaching of character and of moral decision making.
Values such as: honesty, respect, care, responsibility, and respecting the rights of others should be systematically taught to the young child.
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In order to make this change requires us to make time in our curriculum, through assemblies and other school activities in order to teach our children to consider issues and behaviour by a moral yardstick rather than more usual measures of success. May 13, · If all parents were teaching their children moral values in the home, it would not be necessary for the schools to do this work, The sad fact is that a lot of kids are not learning from their parents the difference between right and schwenkreis.coms: Mar 11, · As the Government continues its crusade to enforce the teaching of British values and moral choices and having a value system as a basis for their decision-making.
our schools an education. International Journal of Education and Social Science schwenkreis.com Vol. 2 No. 6; June 45 The Integration of Values in the Teaching of Social Sciences.