In a world filled with ambitious people who are willing to do anything to be successful, it is important to ensure that students are brought up in a way that values are not compromised to make space for ambition. A value-based education system started early is highly beneficial, as a child's mind can be easily influenced; hence it is the best time to instil human values such as compassion, honesty, responsibility, etc. Values not only improve the overall quality of an individual's life but also helps them make the right choices.
Education systems put a lot of emphasis on academic achievement, which leads to aggressive competitiveness. Students are not aware of why they go to school or why they receive an education, except for the ‘knowledge’ that it helps them in the ‘real’ world. They are not made aware of the social, moral or environmental issues that affect the world.
This individualistic approach to education, where one only seeks to benefit but not give back to the community, can have many negative consequences. There seems to be a high rate of corruption, although we have seen advances in technology and development in the economy with more people pursuing higher education, because morals and values have been missing from the curriculum. This is why, there is an urgent need to incorporate value-based teaching, now more than ever.
The best way to transmit these values is through authority figures in a child's life. Values are learned, and it takes place at a young age. Children tend to understand what's wrong or right by the process of punishment and reward. When they are rewarded for positive behaviour, the chances of repeating that same behaviour is high. They might not conceptualize this early on, but with each situation, they learn to make more informed choices. And so, value-based education essentially teaches children to use the knowledge they have received to create wisdom. Therefore, creativity needs to be given importance. Children need to be encouraged to practically apply what they have studied in order to solve real-life problems.