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IreneB
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Moral Education of the child: Whose responsibility? - School(+) or Parents (-)

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Started: 10/22/2013 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Hiser

Con

Parents are responsible for moral education of their children as it's their moral duty, first of all. As a rule, they got used to leaving everything to school, to teachers, because it will give them possibilities to blame, but they, and no one else should be the first step in education and upbringing. Everything is taken from the family, and moral standards are not exception to this rule. Certainly, if parents lack some features and knowledge, they can take some pieces of advice, ask for help. It's known that child-rearing is not an easy thing, but I think, parents should do everything - possible and impossible, for their children and their moral education.
IreneB

Pro

In an ideal world parents would teach morals to their children. However, we do not live in a perfect world. There are so many parents in recent years that have abdicated their role as morals teachers to their children because they are too busy to take the time to do it. We live in a world where there are a lot of single parent homes. Some parents are working 2 or 3 jobs to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. That sometimes makes them absentee parents. Those who insist that morals should only be taught at home apparently have not seen some of the homes many kids come from. In many instances they have no guidance at home and zero social skills. More and more students are in the need of moral guidance from sources outside the family home. In the world today the school has to teach morals. If schools only teach academic subjects, then the student will only be partially educated. I think it is not only proper but absolutely necessary that students be taught proper behavior and a clear distinction between that which is acceptable and unacceptable behavior. And it is a wrong assumption to assume they will learn it at home.
Debate Round No. 1
Hiser

Con

Truly, not every parent is good, but there are no ideal people, even among teachers.
Children have a tendency to copy. They could copy not only from a real person, like parent or teacher, but also from a character. Parents are usually people, whom children see day after day, they are usually close to each other, and the process of "copying" would be much more easier. Parents know their child like no one else, and for them it should be easier to find that key to open a child's heart and soul.
Normally, people, who became or are going to become parents should be ready to take the responsibility. They can and should use different books, movies, stories from their own experience to teach and bring up their children. And moral education is just that very case, when not even parents, but the whole family should participate actively.
IreneB

Pro

I can't agree with you on "parents know their child like no one else" . Parents THINK that they know their children. There are so many things they don't know about their kids only teachers know them. School is a big part of a person's life and teachers spend a large portion of the day with the students, often more than even the children"s parents do with their kids. Therefore the teacher has enough opportunity to educate children not only in important academic subjects, but in character and values as well. School teachers are very influential and significant adults in the lives of children starting from the pre-school years. I totally agree that children have a tendency to copy. For example, young children often idealize their teachers and also try to emulate their behaviour. As the teachers are their role models so they can easily influence. Many of the students turn up to their teacher for the very personal problems which they could not share with their parents because of fear, respect or afraid of being snubbed.
Besides being a source of knowledge and truth and facilitator of learning, a good teacher works endlessly to foster the desirable characteristics of students. Whether we like it or not, schools will always be involved with teaching moral behavior.
Debate Round No. 2
Hiser

Con

I totally agree, that schools and teachers will always be involved in teaching morality, as education itself can't be divided into teaching morals and giving knowledge. But parents are the first teachers. They show us how to do this or that, what is right and what is wrong and so on. They give a start.
Of cause, not every parent knows the kid and his/her problems totally, but I'm sure, that parents have such a possibility, as they guide and support the child along his/her life (not taking extremes). Family is that base and surroundings, where a child feels (let's hope for the best) love, support and help, and in such an environment he/she absorbs all the best things. Just in such situation it is possible to teach him/her morality. But certainly, family couldn't give everything. To get a success, parents and teachers should work as a team, supporting and supplementing each other.
IreneB

Pro

Children are often asked to learn wisdom by osmosis - watching adults make decisions. And you proved it by writing "he/she absorbs all the best things". However, rather than leave it to chance that children may be able to watch and emulate good role models, school can teach them.
First of all let's look what morality is. Morality is viewed as the "system of rules that regulate the social interactions and social relationships of individuals within societies and is based on concepts of welfare (harm), trust, justice (comparative treatment and distribution) and rights" (Smetana 1999). Relationships play a key role in the development of the moral aspect. Where else but at school the child can get the experience of social interactions and social relationships in its various forms? And a classroom is a small society with patterns and rituals, power relationships, and standards for students' behavior and academic performance.
Teachers are responsible for the teaching of the importance of honesty, right behavior, the respect of the right of others, the acceptance of responsibility for one's actions.
The curriculum schools are currently teaching is undoubtedly filled with opportunities to engage students in thinking about character and values. And of course the teacher should not just teach morals, he should live it. The new generation is continuously bombarded with the information which they are unable to sort out wrong and right, good and bad, moral or immoral. In preparing students for their roles in society, the development of desirable characteristics or moral values cannot be overlooked. If teachers avoid this responsibility, in the future there will be more deviant behavior problems in society.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by ashwin.sharma921 3 years ago
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Good decent debate!!!!
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