Ethics and morals define the values that individuals, occupations, or various communities stand for or believe in. They indicate the right way to conduct oneself and what behavior is not okay and are very instrumental in developing a positive personal and professional life.
Morality is a concept, and it differs from time to time, from place to place, and across individuals. However, it is something that can be considered inalienable to us. While studies also indicate that morality is innate to every human being, why is it that as we grow, we find among us those we call “amoral” or “wicked”? Why do people tend to do wrong deeds, gaining for themselves the title of “criminal”? Why is it that even as facilities and exposure to education are improving day after day, we do not see a decline but an increase in the number of crimes? Why do we come across more corrupt behavior in professional settings?
Psychology indicates that the environment we are exposed to influences our behavior. Indeed, several decades ago, many generations before us were controlled by moral sanctions. While we still speak of “conscience” and “good conduct’: why is it not reflected in our society?
Why is it that while some prefer peace and harmony, others are hellbent on disrupting it? And how much of this ‘growing gracefully’ is attributed to the kind of education we receive? To understand this, we must look into a connection of paramount importance—the nexus between morality and education.
As indicated in the beginning, education without morality is indeed a threat to society. Because those educated as such can utilize the knowledge thus gained in two ways – one, for the well-being of all; and two, without scruples about what is right and what is not. That is where the significance of moral education comes in.
Moral education is about educating young minds to distinguish between what is right and what is wrong. It is to inculcate within them a set of values and beliefs that help them to sail through life by making apt decisions, showing the right attitude, and developing good character. Moral education can be imparted in various settings, such as by the elderly, parents, at home, with peers at school, etc. And among all this, since children and teens spend most of their time in educational set-ups, it becomes important that schools and colleges provide platforms for moral education as it aids
- Better decision-making because it makes us aware of what would be the apt way to behave in any given situation. With moral education, we go beyond selfish motives, focusing more on better outcomes for all, when it is important to do so.
- We tend to exude a positive and virtuous vibe. Moral education makes us better and whole human beings—personally as well as professionally. With it, we become more confident, self-aware, and empathetic, too.
- With improved significance given to moral education, we can definitely overcome a lot of evils present in society. With this, we might see a significant decline in the number of crimes.
- Moral education is not only about knowing what is right and wrong. It extends to respecting our cultural heritage and national values and imbibing compassion towards all. It is to educate one to do his or her duties well and not to disrupt another’s life in the due course.
Thus, we must consider how much morals or ethics are included in today’s education system. Unfortunately, the character, moral values, and general behavior of students graduating from schools, colleges, and universities have deteriorated significantly due to a lack of focus on making students understand the concept of being human. Rather, we tend to teach them success, money, and commercialism.
We hope that this article serves as a wake-up call to recognize the gravity of how a lack of morals and values may impair the country’s future and to take prompt action to prevent the erosion of such values in the nation’s younger generation and assure a brighter future for the country.