Why is value education considered essential for primary classes

In this debate, I have explained the positive impact of value education in primary students and also the negative aspects. Ultimately, the aim of value education is to teach the values that are essential in life. Hence should view both the negative and positive sides.

Value education is the study of values and moral principals that we should implement in our day-to-day lives. They teach us how to implement the best practices in life and help in building a better community. A man adopts certain values so that he can work not only for the welfare of himself and his family but also for the community. By studying this subject, we think something beyond the things that we see around us. The small children are commonly taught about the concept of 'God'. Then, the youngsters are taught the concept of divinity. Every religion teaches its followers about values and moral principals. In school, the children are taught value education and ethics from their primary section.

Value education is essential for primary classes

Every child is born innocent and cannot differentiate the concept of good and evil. They should be taught to implement these values from their childhood. A man is different from the other species because they possess the power of reasoning. So, the children learn the concept of reasoning from their childhood. They cannot adopt these principles directly when they grow up. If this subject is implemented from the primary section, then the children learn to share with others and love others. Every human being on earth wants to be loved. Thus they can gain love from others, only if they learn to love the people around them. We can build a community filled with love and joy only if we love each other. If we are not taught to love each other, then we constantly enter into conflicts and create an environment filled with hatred and jealousy with each other. Then gradually, we face the consequences when the people around us begin hating us. The children can understand the value of peace and love from their childhood. Ultimately in this process, we learn to be happy. A child also learns to think deeply and the real meaning of life. They become matured and learn to build peace around them. They also learn the techniques of handling failures by implementing the values.

Cons of value education

This subject is not always effective for the students for some reason. They are not matured enough to understand some abstract concepts of life. Most of the children are not prepared to learn the harsh reality of life because they are lost in the world of imagination. They cannot think deeply as they have never experienced anything harsh. They blindly learn the concepts as prescribed in the textbook. Some of the chapters include some absolutely abstract concepts that the children cannot understand. Children may not understand the concept of 'God is everywhere' when they cannot see anything around them. They just read the chapter and memorize the answers. Most of the children do not understand the ways of implementing them in their lives. You may have read the story of a mad elephant that is causing harm to many people in the town. One child stands there erect even when the mad elephant is running towards him. He says that 'God is in everybody'. Then the person sitting on the elephant claims that he is also a God and why didn't he move when he told him.

Children should not unnecessarily spend their time memorizing the answers to score good marks in the examination. Instead, they can study other subjects that are practical and useful in their day-to-day life. The students lose their percentage if they score lesser marks only in this subject.


Schools should not consider this subject like the other subjects and they can teach them once a week in a free period. They should not be burdened to study several chapters. The teachers should make them realize every concept instead of forcing them to study the questions and answers. They should conduct practical activities such as gift exchange or taking them to the orphanages. Thus they can realize the reality of life.


Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao15 Feb 2020 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 5

A very good article from the author. I appreciate the concept that morals should be taught in primary education. Importance of values in life should be taught to the students in the early ages only. There is a saying in Telugu which states that it is easy to bend a plant but a tree can't be bent. When a person is not learning morals and values in his early stages, how we can expect them to learn when they grow.

Parents are the first teachers for the kids in this world. So before the kid starts going to school, the parents should teach them the values and morals of life. Simple preaching is not enough. They should practice and show them how one should live in this world with ethics. Once the kids start going to school the teachers will have to practice and teach them these good habits. A student will start believing the teacher more than his/ her parents. So during primary schooling, the teachers must show them how to live in this world with values and impress on them that everyone should follow them.

When a kid brings home a pen and says that he has stolen that from his friend, if the mother says stealing is bad and make him give back that pen, the child will never repeat the same. Instead of that if she appreciates the kid, he will continue that habit and he will become a big thief in his life.

Author: Umesh15 Feb 2020 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 2

I remember that in my school days, just after the prayers in the morning, there used to be a moral lesson from one of the teachers or some senior student. It was for a brief spell and we used to forget about it as no one talked about it later. It was more of a ritual then a rule.

The author's contention to include it in the curriculum has a good merit as we can only teach the young minds during that early stage as at that time their mind is not biased for a particular ideology.

Author: Sharada22 Feb 2020 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

Moral values start from the family and the environment in which the child grows. If his or her parents do not give respect to the grandparents, the child too would follow the same values. The social behaviour of the parents in a get-together party wherein the parent lies about an issue in front of the child automatically prompts the child to tell lies to parents and peers in early childhood days.

The true values are imbibed more effectively from the actions of people and peers around him rather than from books which form part of the curriculum.

Author: Sheo Shankar Jha22 Feb 2020 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

The family environment plays a significant role in shaping the innocents. Teaching moral values will not change the attitude of the kids unless the same thing is followed by elders and the parents in the family set up. The innocent mind of the kid is always alert looking minutely how the seniors follow the moral lessons.

Similarly, while the kids are in the schools, the teachers may dwell on the importance of cleaning in our day to day life but a teacher who chews paan and spits outside through the window will create a negative impact on the child.

Time to time, the teachers and even the parents must ask the child to what extent he has helped others like helping an old man to cross the road etc. Such queries would make the child responsive to better human values.

Author: Reena Upadhya30 Apr 2023 Member Level: Gold   Points : 5

I feel that value education is a must right from early childhood. We had moral education classes twice a week. The purpose of the class was to teach us the importance of values in life. In primary school, they would use that class as a storytelling class. I guess even teachers or higher authorities did not know what it meant. It is so sad that such an important class got wasted in a so terrible way.

I don't agree with the author that it can exert any negative effect on the minds of little ones. I feel that it is extremely beneficial that teachers and parents teach values in the right perspective and with due importance right from early childhood. However, our education system is such that we were always conditioned to be good doctors, skillful engineers and intelligent IAS officers but we were never taught how to be good human beings. Teachers thought that it is the work of parents and parents thought that it is a waste of time. Instead, everyone wanted us to concentrate more on our studies and other extracurricular activities. The purpose was to be ahead of others so that when we stepped out into the outside world, we can become independent and rich. However, we could not become internally rich because we were never taught to value our values.

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