When it comes to discussing what is wrong with our school systems, there would be dozens of reasons given. Most of those reasons would probably be aimed at politicians and school administrations. But what many ignore until they can get on a fanatical soapbox is the lack of morals in the public school system.
What are morals? Webster says:
a : of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior : ethical <moral judgments> b : expressing or teaching a conception of right behavior <a moral poem> c : conforming to a standard of right behavior d : sanctioned by or operativeon one’s conscience or ethical judgment <a moral obligation> e : capable of right and wrong action <a moral agent>
Morals are right behavior for society. Honesty, modesty, and integrity are morals our society tries to stand on. I stress try because we could argue that society doesn’t practice what they preach based on politicians, Hollywood, and so forth. Yet, a thread of society down in the heart of it all wants that moral direction. It needs it.
Now that we understand what morals are, let’s see the role in our public schools.
Role of Morals in Public Schools
What role does morals play in our public school system? Some might argue about as much as religion. Even that can be seen in two different lights. But we’ll save that argument for another day.
Let’s get back to that original question. What are morals? They are standards of right and wrong. I think they play a big role in our public schools. Right and wrong play a major part in the educational system. We teach students the foundations of many aspects of life with the guidance on the right and wrong of using them. So, morals are intertwined in our educational system.
Now we move on to the next logical question…
Public Schools too Lax?
Are our public schools too lax with morals? I mean, are they too lax in not enforcing them or focusing on the wrong aspects?
What most people think about when it comes to morals in school usually involves honesty, modesty, and ethics. Let’s look at it that way and address each one.
Honesty…Should schools be teaching honesty? If they didn’t, then kids could cheat on tests and no one would care. That would tell our children that you don’t have to be honest in the real world. After all, aren’t schools supposed to prepare them for life once they are adults and on their own in the world?
Too often schools say that parents should be teaching morals and not them. While I agree parents should be doing that, to leave it entirely to the parents is already causing some issues. Kids see one thing at home and another at school. If they aren’t getting taught in either location, what are the chances that our future generations will understand what morals are if they have any at all?
Should the parents be teaching morals? Yes, but…many parents aren’t. Some don’t have any to teach. It isn’t a perfect world. That is one reason schools can’t expect parents to teach morals. In addition to that, schools are helping to shape children to become good citizens of the country. That makes sense that they should play a part in teaching morals.
But even if parents did do a good job, the school system has to reinforce it as a representative and training facility for society as a whole. Not teaching morals seems counterproductive.
So What Do We Do?
Is this a question easily answered? I don’t think so. This are just my thoughts on this. First we have to start teaching morals in the early years. You can’t wait until high school to try and teach them the difference between right and wrong. It has to be started in elementary grades.
Are the elementary schools able to teach morals? Will our educational system allow it? The problem is that too many politicians or those who want to be one get involved. Until they see the urgency for it and can push political correctness aside yet use it effectively, it will never be done.
All we can do now is influence children as much as we can.