How important is moral education in children?
The incidences of juvenile crime are increasing at an alarming rate. The cases in this category reported in 2015 by National Crime Records Bureau were 29, 49,400 and have only gone up since then. Juvenile or children under the age of 18 are behind some of the most heinous murders and gang rapes of India. Horrifying – Isn’t it?
Overall, this section of the society is trapped amidst huge unrest. Besides committing dreadful crimes, they are the ones behind the rise in number of parents left at the mercy of age-old homes. Thoroughly gripped by corruption, surprisingly irresponsible about the depleting environment, and absolutely unconcerned about the community they live in; they are a ruthless generation in making; more so in villages where they do not receive the right kind of environment and handholding by teachers and parents.
But why is this happening? What can control it? Can something be done at grass root levels to deal with this issue? The answer to a great extent lies in moral education. With the kind of exposure that internet revolution has given to the current generation, the need is to control them through their own subconscious; by teaching them right from the wrong during nascent years of their development. If children could learn to stand by truth, respect elders, show empathy towards others, live with integrity and so on at base level; it can help them transpire into crime-free and valued citizens of tomorrow.
Value education, if made a part of the teaching curriculum within the rural schools of India, can help to resolve these issues by far. And, that is not the end. The parents and teachers, who influence children the most, should also be given lessons on good and bad values so that it can become a part of the entire system.
Spandan Society, a NGO working to render the importance of inculcating value among students and young adults, reflects a broader perspective to this. They believe that values cannot be classroom driven. They have to be made the way of life through practical learning and real life experiences. Also, in rural India value education should be focussed at holistic development of a child to help him/her rise as a self-sustainable and accountable citizen of the country. Their areas of teaching therefore revolve around morals, distraction management, life management, stress management, self control, self confidence, etc. The methods of inculcating values are book-free and involve seminars, group discussions, game, quiz, dramas, trips to old age homes, orphanages, science museums, etc.