Monday, July 27, 2015

Integral Education - Part III Swami Vivekananda education concept is need of the hour.

Vidya dadati vinayam,
vinaya dadati paatrataam,
paatratva dhanamaapnoti,
dhanaat dharmam tatatsukham

(Education gives humility,
humility gives Character,
from character one gets wealth,
from wealth one gets righteousness,
in righteousness there is joy.)

Nowadays there is a good deal of talk about 'values' and 'value education'. In India the terms 'values' is most commonly used in the sense of 'virtues' or 'morals'. Since morals are associated with religion, many educationists want to avoid the use of the terms moral and virtues and replace it with the word"value'.

The important point to note here is that any change in education becomes effective only if it is rooted in realisation of student. Simply introducing some 'values' into the curriculum and making students to learn it for exams will not be effective. Without an orientation, values will also remain nothing more than code of conduct which student might not follow in private life

In the first place values or virtue should not be followed out of fear or compulsion . Student must be made to understand that the path of virtue he has to take will make him an 'Ultimate Human Being'. When a student links values he learn to his true nature then his life becomes real and authentic. Value education should be inculcated in real life. If student fail to imbibe virtue to his own nature then entire exercise might end up as an mere show off to the expectations of others.

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