The highest achievement of any human mind is Education. Education is the most important tool in human life. It is what makes you a person.
The personality traits, attributes, character and attitude, come with the kind of education you have gained. But is mere education enough?
The answer can be objective and based on different perspectives, but there is a difference in what kind of education is imparted; is the education imparted only for the sake or provided to question you the things and aspects about.
This is where the concept and continuous debate of Education in Mind vs. Morality in Education comes into the picture.
Both are different, and one needs to understand why and which is more dangerous than the other.
Let us understand what education in mind and moral education means.
Education and Moral Education
Education in layman’s language is an activity of learning and teaching that is a developmental process.
The term education was derived from the Latin word “Educere”, which meant” to develop” or “to bring up”.
Education can be studied in schools or colleges or imparted by anybody else.
Aristotle has mentioned education as a practical as well as social art. Even in our ancient Upanishads, education has been emphasized in various forms.
Moral Education: Moral Education depends more on morality, values and beliefs in Education. It helps in leading the right path in life.
It is more of ethical education where you understand right and wrong. Respecting others, being humble and paying gratitude, honesty and truthfulness, kindness and much more are a part of moral education.
Education in Mind vs. Morality in Education
As you must understand what formal education and moral education are, it would be easy to understand how and why they are different.
- Education in mind may not be practically applied in human life, whereas moral values taught via education are usually used daily.
- People with formal education might need to learn the practical implementation of the knowledge they have received, but values and morals are a larger part of society.
- Morality in education lets you know what is right and what is wrong, whereas formal education only states facts and figures.
- Formal education focuses more on the “How” part of the question, whereas moral education focuses more on the “Why” part.
- E.g., formal education is students learning from textbooks and notebooks in schools to pass their degree courses.
- Whereas moral education is socio-developmental, religious, ethical and civil teaching that might benefit not only the student but society as a whole.
Why is Moral Education Important from an Early Age?
Moral education is an umbrella term for various forms of education, such as cognitive development, skills development, social and health learning and ethical reasoning.
Moral education is a concept that has been introduced previously and has been followed for ages. Morality in education is not what is preached inside the four walls of schools but should start within the home and surroundings.
- Teaching A, B, C, D or numbers to kids at a young age is necessary, but eventually, they will learn it in schools. The foremost learning that children take up is from the home.
- There is a need for value education where small kids are taught respect, manners, equality, integrity and rightfulness.
- Imagine a kid who has never been taught to greet their elders. Would they do so? But if the same child is taught repeatedly about numbers and the alphabet, they do it forefront. Is this what kind of education we want our kids to learn? The answer is no, and the beginning is from being within.
Growing up, responsibly is a must, making a need for moral education from a young age.
Today, the child dislikes sharing or cooperating with their peers. This is why they are taught the concept of sharing and group/team play. This helps in building trust and gratitude towards each other.
Why Lack of Moral Education is More Dangerous? Examples:
Ravana was a very intelligent man and was termed the most knowledgeable of that time. But his selfishness, egoist nature and lack of moral values made him the most hated personality. He would not have been condemned for his cruel deeds if he had been taught respect for women, selflessness and a forgiving attitude.
Gandhiji was a stern believer in morals and values. His non-violence value was what led to the independence of India.
Even though he could have also taken the route of violence like many other freedom fighters, his ideology was different. Without any violence, only with his morals, he contributed majorly to India’s independence.
So like Ravana, those who have education but lack morals can be termed as literate and not educated. It is about the right knowledge from the right sources.
How to Inherit Moral Education?
First, the need of the hour is to reassess what our formal education system is – how inclusive is it toward the morality and ethical part?
The syllabus must include practical sessions and experiments to allow children to make their own decisions, build teamwork and teach them to be responsible enough.
Schools must focus on creating a moral framework and emphasize what kind of person they want to be.
If the right kind of education is not provided, it might also hamper and turn into negative education, which can be more dangerous.
- The best examples of such immoral education are cyber criminals, terrorist groups, corrupt high post people and more. The various frauds and cheating cases that are seen recently are result of immoral education.
Education must build a person’s character, which must involve values and morals. You must have seen in your surrounding how youth treat their old parents.
Moral education is lacking which results in the youth being selfish and showing apathy. Thus Education in Mind vs. Morality in Education refers to being educated and having morals shaping a human’s exemplary character.
“Real Education lies in the journey from a human being to being a human.”
― Swami Vivekananda