Reflection Paper On Values In Education

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Reflective Paper The presentation this week, “Values in Education: Where have we been and where are we going” (Teaching Christian Values, EDUC 531), has offered several salient points in support of the importance of teaching Biblical principles in class. Reflectively, the education of virtues begun as far back as 1642, in the Colony of Massachusetts, thereby leading to the Old Deluder Satan Act of 1647. The Deluder Act required towns of a specific dimension to employ educators whose sole obligation was to impart knowledge to resident children in order to teach them to read. Moreover, it was believed that the lack of reading knowledge contributed to youngsters falling prey to Satan. The Holy Bible out dates this first American Education Act. In fact, the fall of man in Genesis is the initial setting known to man where humans were disobedient to following basic principles in the Garden of Eden when families were instructed to begin teaching children at home. An American Educator and moral education advocate, Horace Mann wrote that “if every child ages 4 through 16 could experience the elevating influence of good schools, then the dark host of private vices and public crimes, which now embitter domestic peace then stain the civilization of the age, might be banished from the world.” (Slide 9) Subsequently, teachers hired in the 19th century were required to include moral lessons as well as Biblical virtues in their classes in order to prevent children from falling into trouble by drinking alcohol or telling lies subsequently leading to committing murder. Therefore by educating Biblical virtues in the classroom, children tend to maintain the principles given at home. In view of the aforementioned, it is incumbent on all educators to instill strong moral standards to their students in line with the teachings of Proverbs 22 verse 6 which states that children should be taught in the way that will be maintained throughout their life, Character is described as the traits that make you who you are or your moral qualities. Character teaches us how to interact with our peers, our families, our co-workers, our friends, and more. As Christians, we should always strive for good character. Benjamin Franklin stated

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