Thursday January 13, 2011
I AM impressed with “What is moral studies really about?” (The Star, Jan 10).
The student is right in saying that the aim of Moral Education would be to develop youths of strong moral values.
It is indeed heartening to know that students have the capacity to evaluate the present state of Moral Education that is being carried out in schools, especially what is required in the examinations.
Many students and teachers have voiced their dissatisfaction over how Moral Education is being tested over the years.
Moral Education can be a very interesting subject if handled the right way.
Various issues such as teenage pregnancies, abandoned babies, drug abuse, conflicts of values can be discussed and debated.
If Moral Education is instructed in the right manner, students’ minds will not be closed and this can strengthen their character.
Teachers too need to have the right attitude as well as be equipped with appropriate teaching approaches.
Various teaching techniques like discussion, role-playing, drama and so on inevitably allow students to comprehend issues and later allows them to solve problems or conflicts based on strategies in conflict resolutions.
This, in turn, will mould them into rational and mature individuals who can handle any issues with discretion in future.
Moral Education has potential to develop individuals cognitively, affectively and behaviourally.
Besides engaging one to think about an issue and looking for ways to solve an issue rationally, it also allows one to feel for others as understanding the predicament of others is seen necessary to be a better human being.
We want to churn out individuals who will be able to make decisions that involves thinking and feeling, not robots.
It is also a relief to know that the syllabus of Moral Education is being revised at the moment and, hopefully, in future students will not be forced to memorise values.
Moral Education has gone into a pathetic state because of what is required in the examination.
This is definitely not what the advocators of Moral Education hope to achieve.
My advise to teachers is to take Moral Education positively and engage this subject in a meaningful way while at the same time guide and facilitate the students on what is desired in the examinations.
Only then, will the students learn to appreciate the beauty of Moral Education.
I did that and it worked very well.