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