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24 MAY, 2017 (MAINS)



Q1. ‘Factoring moral and ethical issues in school and university systems is futile, as although learning them is easy, it is far more difficult to practice them’. Discuss. (200 words)


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  • Ashish

    It has been said that there is always a divergence between the theory and practice but we hardly try to answer why? I believe, it is because we do not have appropriate ‘laboratories’ to do practical work. For instance, since childhood we have been taught to always follow the traffic rules but it has been seen that guardians often break them in front of their wards. It creates dilemma in child’s mind whether to follow theoretical or practical way.
    We should look at Japan for inspiration. In Japan, school students clean their own classroom; grow their own vegetables in school garden, no student left food in plates etc. Though it took time to cultivate this habit over years and also it was met with stiff resistance from parents but today Japanese are proud of its culture.
    Therefore, I strongly believe that moral and ethical values should be taught at schools and colleges but we should create simultaneous culture, where there is little discrepancy in theory and practice. Moreover, culture cannot change in few months or years, it takes generations to change the mindset, therefore, we should continue teaching moral and ethical curriculum with positive frame of mind.

  • Osho Korde

    • There is nothing pointless, as of morals and ethics taught in school do help a student to:
    1. Distinguish between good and bad.
    2. know appropriate behaviour
    3. Understand the urgent need of anything
    4. Believe what is important for his good and societies good too. Etc
    • But this teaching is useless, if there is only theory and no practicality in teaching ethics, this aspect will have no incumbent effect on student’s mind and the importance of ethics will fade away with time.
    • As student learn more by interpreting actions of elder, all that student see, is the violation of moral ethics, for instance breaking rules- (traffic rules, corruption, spiting and spreading garbage), not being generous, etc.
    • Students should participate in moral building activities. This should not be taught like science or math but should be taught in interactive and innovative sessions. Student level involvement and interaction can make this a very interesting issue.
    • Schools can organize group discussions with experts, it can be taught in the form of story, or rhyme or act can be presented to clarify the concept of ethic.
    • In determining what constitutes an ethical dilemma, it is necessary to make a distinction between ethics, values, morals, and laws and policies.
    • “good” refers to the things that a particular group of people approve
    • Then what about his own belief of good, this two sets of thoughts make it difficult for an individual to practice the ethics in his routine.