The Purpose of Values Education in Schools Today

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purpose of values education in schools today Values are core traits and qualities that represent an individual’s beliefs and guiding principles, which form the foundation of who we are. Values of people in society differ from one another due to the culture, upbringing, religious beliefs and many other experiences that shape each and every human being. Primarily, values are fundamentally taught at a young age, these values are predominantly learnt from family and friends, the community and through education. Therefore, schools and teachers have the opportunity to input into children positive and worthwhile values, to help build and strengthen personal and social skills and responsibilities. (Chilana, Dewan 1998, p 65) This paper outlines…show more content…
If we break this down and look closely at the last sentence, ‘stand up for the rights of others’. Would it not be fair to say that a student in kindergarten would not understand what their own rights are or the rights of their peers? We could also ask what rights do individuals have, are given or follow? Under the Catholic umbrella it is forbidden to proceed in having an abortion and seen as unjust, so is it then considered morally permissible for a sixteen year old atheist to proceed with an abortion? What is considered right to one human being may be condemned in the eyes of another. ( Freakley, Gilbert, MacSporran 2008 p.55) As teachers, it is important to teach and define the term rights according solely to the code and conduct of the school and the by the law being followed for that particular state or country. A great way of displaying or teaching rights can be done through open ended tasks. Students can be given a scenario and as a whole class or group the students must decide what is lawfully right or wrong. This will help students determine what conclusion they should undergo if they ever resulted in that particular situation. At West Kidlington Primary School in Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom staff members developed twenty-two values promoting a value for every month on a two year cycle ( Lovat, Tooney 2007 p. 119). These values are considered to be “universally accepted principles that guide
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