purpose of values education in schools today
Values are core traits and qualities that represent an individual’s beliefs and guiding principles, which form the foundation of who we are. Values of people in society differ from one another due to the culture, upbringing, religious beliefs and many other experiences that shape each and every human being. Primarily, values are fundamentally taught at a young age, these values are predominantly learnt from family and friends, the community and through education. Therefore, schools and teachers have the opportunity to input into children positive and worthwhile values, to help build and strengthen personal and social skills and responsibilities. (Chilana, Dewan 1998, p 65) This paper outlines
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Understanding, tolerance and inclusion: Be aware of others and their cultures, accept diversity within a democratic society, being included and including others (Lovat, Toomey 2007 p. xv), Doing your best. This value can be viewed upon as someone trying their hardest, accomplishing something worthy and admirable and aiming to do and be better. The problem with this value however, is the basis of the word best. What is the best, how is the best measured and how does one feel about doing their best. From personal experiences, the brighter student in the class were not looked upon as people who were admirable because they scored 100% in their maths test or little Johnny in music that would sing with all his might but sounded more like a broken record. In both situations each person was giving it their all best, but is it the best result they anticipate with results they desired? Some actions or practices are good in themselves (intrinsic good) and other things are good only because of their consequences (instrumental good). (Freakley, Gilbert, MacSporran 2008 p.33-34) As teachers it is therefore our role to establish to students to seek to do their best intrinsically, to be self motivated and persevere in doing so whether it be at home, school or daily activities, this then coincides to help further develop students independence, worthiness and appreciation of one self.
Secondly, let’s look at value four,