Virtuous Education: Making Us Righteous & Virtuous
“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into window”
Sydney J Harris
Education is an act of
learning things around us. It helps us to understand easily and makes balance
throughout the whole life in every aspect. Education is the process of
facilitating learning. It is the first and foremost right of every human being.
Without education we are incomplete and our lives are useless. Education helps
us to set a goal and go ahead by working on that goal throughout the life. It
improves our knowledge, skill, confidence level, habits, values, beliefs and
personality. Although education is very comprehensive
in nature but we cannot delimit it to formal education. It includes all aspects
of education ie. Value education, holistic education and learning through day
to day experiences etc. To make our learners morally and ethically sound we
need to impart value education. It helps to develop social, moral, religious,
spiritual and ethical values among the learners. The Secondary Education
Commission 1952-53 laid special emphasis on the following values in the
formation of character of the students: Efficiency, Good Temper, Cooperation,
Integrity, and Discipline.
“Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.”
David M. Burns
Value education is the process by which people give values to others. It can be an activity that can take place in any organization during which people are assisted by others, who may be teachers, parents or any older, in a position of authority or are more experienced, to make explicit those values underlying their own behavior, assess the effectiveness of these values and associated behavior for their own and others. It helps us to face challenges of life.
“Live as were to if you die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Mahatma Gandhi talks not about value education but also emphasis on holistic education for learners. Holistic education is a philosophy of education based on the premise that each person finds identity, meaning and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world, and to humanitarian values such as compassion and peace. It aims to call forth from people an intrinsic reverence for life and a passionate love of learning. In holistic education, the teacher is seen less as person of authority who leads and control but rather is seen as “a friend, a mentor, a facilitator or an experienced companion in their journey of education. Schools should be seen as places where students and adults work towards a mutual goal. Cooperation is the norm, rather than competition. The most important function of education at any level is to develop the personality of the individual and the significance of his life to himself and to others. If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he need is education to turn him around. It opens the closed door for a person to the various opportunities of achieving better prospects in life. It not only promotes career growth but also moral growth. It teaches equality to people by giving equal opportunities to men and women by removing gender biasness, and to study with the students of other religion by developing patience and respect for other religion. In today’s world education is a need to survive, it not only gives you a better life style but it also teaches you to value your surroundings by building up the self- confidence of a person about his life and himself.
Dr. Rajnee Gaur