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MaryJaneWatson
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macspider
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Moral Education of the Child: Whose Responsibility - School (Against) or Parents (For)?

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Started: 10/18/2013 Category: Education
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MaryJaneWatson

Pro

Moral Education is the Duty of All. Someone has said that the role of moral
education in schools is to reinforce values gained at home. Teaching Moral Education basically is reinforcing the values practiced at home and in society. It is high time all the different agents of moral development worked as a team rather than push it to one party and expect any magic overnight. The observation is that everybody wants his children to grow up with high moral standard, but failure to provide an enabling
environment for the achievement of this goal will lead to inability to realize this goal. Therefore, the moral development agents should work together and provide an environment where the young personality thrives and emerges winner in every
aspect of life.
macspider

Con

i am glad i can debate you on this topic. I think that moral education itself, is a very hard thing to achieve ideally. a child looks around and absorbs whatever he gets and whatever he choses. it is hard to say that where should the child get his morality, one that nobody knows where it comes from or its inside us. But assuming that environment will be the deciding factor, still the responsibility of the child lies with his parents and the society. well parents are doing their jobs, the only way the society can make sure a child is educated and fit for the society itself, by making school responsible for its education if not morally.
The school if is assuringly providing a good teaching in the school i don't think any kid can go wrong. hope to hear your arguments and let me know if i made a mistake somewhere.
thanx
Debate Round No. 1
MaryJaneWatson

Pro

Moral education is the topic which is worth discussing because without morality human beings are just animals.
The theme under discussion is everlasting, and the present status of the teaching of morals is the result of a long and varied history. But let's face the facts.
Children are students only 5-6 hours a day, 5 (in some schools 6) days per week. So it"s only about 25-36 hours a week. It means that most of the time children are the offspring of their parents, friends for other kids, etc. How could school take the whole responsibility for molding the character and bringing up children? The responsibility is to be shared with parents.
Again, the nature of the moral sense is the matters upon which a variety of opinions are held. Sometimes schools and parents have different views on what morality is and as a result students are confused. Only team work of teachers and parents could lead to the results which could be seen, by the way, not at once. Sometimes there are kids who are supposed to be good citizens and people of character, but they change the direction to immoralities, and vice versa. But whom to blame? Their teachers, parents, friends, society, living conditions?
The situations could be different. Sometimes we spend too much time in asking who is responsible or whom to blame, but the idea is what to do and who should do what.
macspider

Con

human beings are indeed animals and yes, I would somewhat agree with you that morality is what we think is what matters.
I would go a step further and say that everything in our society is the result of a long and varied history and its a sad thing what is going on in the school systems.
contrary to your argument let me say that, lets not teach morality in school for beginning, moral teaching s is what one finds for himself and besides the society will teach them about moral limitations. Law offenders know very precisely about what is right and wrong but that doesn't stop anything. it seems like parents should be more responsible since they are the ones who really need to take care of their children and the parents want their best interest.
But one thing that we as a society can do to make sure that children, no matter where they are, are morally sound, one could answer awareness is important, among the parents about right teaching methods and off course among teachers as they are the ones who bring the knowledge frontier to new minds. but similar to what you said, lets face the fact, we can't check if all the people are right for being parents, there is no criteria to certify if a couple can have a baby or not. But society and government can make sure of a child's security and his/her welfare. making sure that his education at least scientific education is being undergone properly and under a person who is certainly of the ranks of a teacher.
there should be reforms on who can be a teacher and who can not. its a a very big responsibility and I think most of the teachers are the reason why children are not turning out the way they are supposed to be.
I mean most of the parents have no choice but send their children out to school since they have to work so much and don't have enough time or them. economy is bad, in such a case, society always turns to its government and I think that's the most efficient way to make sure its youth is morally sound and educated.
Debate Round No. 2
MaryJaneWatson

Pro

I support most of your ideas, especially about self-development, but I"d like to add that we shouldn"t forget the fact that in early childhood children can"t do it. When a child is in his/her early stage of development, how could they educate themselves? At the beginning of a child life it's the parents" responsibility to care and teach their child what is wrong and what is right. When the child gets older and keeps developing its brain, he uses what he has learnt from early stages to make decisions and to generally live. They should identify themselves as people of good character who are always striving to improve themselves. But the start-up to that comes from family.
As we know literacy and morality are necessary agents for a state, and parents are responsible to uphold them, because parents choose to bring a child into the world, not the other individuals in the society. It is fair therefore for an individual to ask, "Why should I be responsible for some other parent"s kid?" There is a limit to the degree of school's achievement that we can expect. So it is wise for parents not to ask for school too much.
More of that, parents should be held responsible for their children's behavior, because they are the root of their actions. They should teach them good morals, self-control and importantly respect. If a child doesn't have respect we tend to say he/she inherited the parents" behavior. Both teachers and parents are the models for children to follow.
By the Horace Mann and other education reformers in the early- and mid-1800s argued that the responsibility to educate children belonged to society and government. And as the part of the society both teachers and parents should take the duty of education and all it encompasses (including morals).
But I still believe that debating whether or not teachers should teach values is the wrong question. Education is a values-infused enterprise. The larger question is how to train teachers for positive character formation.
macspider

Con

macspider forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by MysticEgg 3 years ago
MysticEgg
This is a false dichotomy.
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