As we all know, today we live in a world of increasing crimes. India is no exception.
This morning there was a news item about a school management in Kerala suspending a boy and girl for hugging each other. The parents have gone to court. Interestingly, the TV Channel (Times Now) brought an important question as to whether schools are moral guardians. The answer would be a definite "Yes".
I don't think that any k-12 School can be considered to impart education without giving importance to moral values.
Schools should be allowed to administer non- harsh punishment to students if they deviate from discipline. But before administering punishment the school ought to communicate moral values to children just like how affectionate parents would do. (This is particularly essential today when grand parents are neglected and parents view monetary gains to be more important than disciplining their children).
Most of our schools teach how to make a living but not how to live.
- Guruprasad R Panamalai
- Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
- I am a retired K-12 Education Management Professional. I have worked at different levels in K-12 school systems, textbook publishing, elearning and Education NGOs. I have held memberships in The Association for Science Education (UK), American Association of Physics Teachers and The Malaysian Institute of Physics. I hold a 1st class B Sc Degree in Physics followed by B Ed [English and Physical Science] and M A [Childcare and Education] degrees. My published works include 59 articles in teacher development magazines in India and the US and a book entitled `Creative Classrooms and Child Friendly Schools' (listed in Amazon). This book is almost an anecdotal account of my professional experience in six countries (including Cambodia where I worked as Technical Adviser to the Ministry of Education, Youth And Sports). I served as mentor in the Certificate of Teaching Mastery Program offered by Teachers Without Borders.