A school is where a child, for the very first time encounters the real world. This is the place where the child steps out of mothers lap and starts learning the world rather in a competitive atmosphere. The difficult task of child training comes with more responsibility to shape their social and moral values amid the pure professional excellence devoid of any morality. In fact, the said ‘schooling’ is the delicate balance of teaching morals and training professional excellence.
The purpose of school is to “educate” and ‘educating’ is not just to provide instruction manual for skills but it also means to help younger generation to develop mentally and morally by instruction. Without helping students understand moral choices and social issue in the world out there, the school is not even fulfilling its basic responsibility. Students, without this guidance, can be more academically sound but can be most corrupt and unethical. For instance, a brilliant student on top position becomes a good doctor and let us says a very sound engineer, but with no value for morals and ethics he can indulge in malpractices. That in my opinion is more dangerous to the society at large then an illiterate, uneducated person.
Students are the vanguard of any society and they are first to printout with any social ill. Particularly at their school age they can easily make their mind for a right or a wrong choice. Their minds can be directed to “always right” choice at this stage is not difficult as compared to the time when they are adults, professionals and they have set their choices for life. So it’s the responsibility of the teachers to give them academic excellence as well as moral education at this critical stage.
Honesty, responsibility, integrity, respect for others are the moral virtues which we use to learn at school. Though it is considered that mothers lap is the first to teach a child, which I don’t disagree, but on the other hand...