Should teachers be held solely responsible for the decline in morals?
October 19, 2008 4:38am CST
Today, teachers are blamed for the decline in moral values. No doubt, education is the all round development of the young, which includes the inculcation of moral values. But are teachers to be held solely responsible for the decline in moral values?
• United States
27 Oct 08
In one word, no! Moral values should be taught at home, but we have increasingly seen the incline of one parent households, two income households, and parents that for what ever reason just can't make the time to raise their kids. Although teachers should be looked up to and respected, I don't feel it is fair to put them in the position to raise our kids. My husband works 60 hours a week and I work two jobs, but we also make time for our three kids. Regardless of how busy or tired we are. Unfortunately our family seems to be in the minority when it comes to this. I believe to some extent that it does take a village, however the base of that village should always be the parents.
31 Oct 08
Soccermom, a good response. Parents should make it a point to spend quality time with their children, giving children attention, love and care. These qualities form the basis for moulding future generations of well balanced minds and a healthy society.
19 Oct 08
As regards increasing degeneration of moral values, teachers should not be held solely responsible,though they do contribute a great deal in laying the basic foundation of good character, human values and personalities of the students they teach and guide.Parents do also have an important role and responsibility too to inculcate moral values in their kids by demonstrating good lessons and examples. The society as a whole is gratly being influenced by to-day's leaders,peers,religious preachers,and the electronic media. Thanks.
19 Oct 08
Yes, Narayan, parents are a child's initial teachers and the child follows by example. A child's world centres on its parents and the home followed later by school and society. Thus for a child its parents lay the early foundation and preliminary steps to early moral education. No doubt leaders and peers follow when the child exposes itself to society.
19 Jan 09
The whole society should blame itself, not just the teachers. It's society that determines what the teachers teach. The teachers and schools occupy only about 1/4 and even less of the children's time. The rest of the time is spent with society and community at large and at home. Hence society at large, the home and the micro community that the children return to during the day and night have to be blamed too. But blaming misses the whole thing. The key to change the situation is to study and make remedial measures. Some tasks will devolve to the teachers, that which will be done for 6-8 hours of the children's daily life. The rest - 16-18 hours daily - will have to be filled by parents, the community, and society at large.
• United States
19 Oct 08
I don't think that teachers should be blamed at all, every child should learn their morals from their mother, and father. The school system shouldn't influence the morals of children, but I am sure that they will if the children don't learn morals at home. It is like anything else in life, children will learn from someone, if it isn't their parents, then it will be from someone else. I think that parents are the first to blame. Everything starts at home.