NEED FOR VALUE BASED EDUCATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE
“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a cleverer devil.”
--- C.S. Lewis
In the era of digital technology, we have been witnessing that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have become an integral part of all sectors especially linked to the educational landscape. Education is a systematic key to the functioning of a democratic society and it is also considered backbone of the development in India. Every great political thinker has defended the need for and importance of a quality public education system because this type of system ensures that a society’s citizens are educated enough to make decisions in a democratic political system that benefit society as a whole rather than just themselves. We all are living in a digital world which is characterised by fast-paced, technology-driven and rapid social change. The future will be full of tremendous opportunities, but at the same time these developments have lost sight of our traditional values. It appears that there is an emerging issue of comprehensive growing concern over the corrosion of societal values among the youth in today’s digital age. In this situation, awakening of moral consciousness is the need of hour and educational institutions must take the initiative to impart values to this future generation of society. Value based education is the only means which we as educators can give to our young generation in the right direction. The education must impart values not only at the primary and secondary level but also at the higher education level. It’s time when educational strategies for value based education should be adopted by including value education course in the curriculum for the development of human consciousness. The value based education should be imparted directly to the students in the classroom. An atmosphere must be created for the students to do experiments and innovation. Encourage the students to work and learn with peers i.e. working in groups. As rightly quoted the example of Bollywood movie ‘3 Idiots’ by M Chandra Shekhar & Harsha Sheelam, that student’s made to accept their failures in the classroom. Allow them to make mistakes in the classroom, since failures are stepping stones to success. Don’t persuade them to be ranking machines, desperate to be on the top in the “rat race”, a term popularised by ViruSahastrabuddhea.k.a Virus. ‘Virus’ was a character played by Boman Irani in the Bollywood movie ‘3 Idiots’ that carefully portrayed the peer pressure and the irrelevant education system in our country that doesn’t allow flexibility of creativity and imparts restrictions on the growth of students by trapping them in the vicious circle of ‘ranks’, ‘marks’, and ‘grades’. Therefore, teaching our students to live life happily in this complex society and encourage them to become progressive and responsible citizen of India. The value-based education teaches our future generation of society to be positive. Hence, we have to appreciate the positive role played by the Indian Government that currently promotes value-based education. The Ministry of Human Development has taken precautionary steps to help to add values in the education system in teaching and training centres. The value-based education can transform unhealthy mind into a healthy, honest, careful, knowledgeable, natural, and attentive mind.
Quoting Einstein here, he once said, “Try not being a man of success but try to be a man of values.”