Moral Values for Students: A Necessary Part of the Curriculum

Updated on December 13, 2017
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Paul grew up on a farm where moral virtues such as hard work and honesty were cherished. As a teacher, each class had a moral lesson.

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Why Teach Moral Values

When most persons talk about a school curriculum, they think about math, science, social studies, and language courses. Seldom do I hear or read about moral values as being part of the curriculum. The problem is that the neglect of teaching moral values in schools is hurting our students and causing problems in society. If a person has never learned any moral values, how is she or he able to discern the difference between right and wrong? That is basically the essence of moral values education.

Moral Values for Students

Why Moral Values for Students?

As parents and educators, we should all advocate the teaching of moral values in our schools for the following reasons:

1. Preparing Our Children For Future Roles In Society:

Knowledge gained in school is only one goal of education. The primary goals of education should be enabling students to gain knowledge and moral values. Our children will need both in preparing themselves to be good parents and citizens in society.

2. Many Parents Aren't Teaching Moral Values:

If all parents were teaching their children moral values in the home, it would not be necessary for the schools to do this work, The sad fact is that a lot of kids are not learning from their parents the difference between right and wrong. This is because most mothers and fathers in their busy work days spend only a few hours with their children. In many families, there is only one parent and no other role models for kids to follow.

3. There is Too Much Violence and Dishonesty in Society:

Every day students are exposed to violence, dishonesty, and other social problems in the media and the real world. How many times have we heard about school shootings? What about other times when students are caught cheating on exams? Then, too, we read about bullying in school and fights between gangs. If moral values were taught in schools, we would have fewer of these problems.

4. To Counter Bad Influences in Society:

Unfortunately, many of the role models of young people are setting bad examples. These bad examples range from sexual promiscuity, degrading of women, advocacy of violence, and the condoning of dishonesty in order to succeed.

5. Moral Values Will Stick With You For Life:

It's amazing the amount of math and science knowledge I have forgotten since my school days. I haven't, however, forgotten moral value lessons learned in school. One of these moral lessons was learned while I was a varsity football player. Our team had just lost a tough game because the referee had ruled we were stopped inches away from scoring a touchdown. When our school principal had heard many of my teammates complaining about how the officiating had caused us to lose the game, he came on the team bus after the game and said that in life the referee never beats you.

Why Teach Moral Values

Top Seven Moral Values:

It would serve society well if the following seven moral values for students were taught in schools:

1. Unconditional Love and Kindness:

In most cases, if you love someone, he or she will love you back in return. This, however, is not the real meaning of love. Love should be unconditional. With more love in the world, kindness will follow and replace cruelty.

2. Honesty:

Students must be taught that dishonesty and cheating are wrong, and will get you nowhere in the future. As a student, one is only hurting himself or herself by cheating, because this action will eventually catch up to you in the end with bad consequences.

3. Hard Work:

When I was young, I learned that success was one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. Nowadays, so many students want to cheat and cut corners in their studies because they are lazy and don't place any value on hard work. This thinking must definitely change.

4. Respect For Others:

Unfortunately, in our highly competitive dog eat dog society, many people will tread on others to get ahead in life. Respect for others should include respecting different religions, races, sexes, ideas, and life styles.

5. Co-operation:

To achieve a common goal, it is necessary for all people to work together. If this is not done, a few people may profit, but the end result for everyone will be a failure. I still believe in the motto, "united we stand and divided we fall."

6. Compassion:

Compassion is defined as being sensitive to the needs of people. If there were more compassion in the world, there would be less homeless, hunger, wars, and unhappiness.

7. Forgiveness:

Jesus Christ taught us to forgive our enemies or people who hurt us. Anger in most cases is caused by an unwillingness to forgive. There would be less violence and fighting in school if students could learn this moral virtue.

I taught English in a Catholic school in Thailand for more than six years, and learning moral values was built into all of our lessons. Actually, ten percent of the students' grades was based on how well they practiced moral values inside and outside the classroom. This would be an excellent policy for other schools to adopt.


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        Paul Richard Kuehn 3 days ago from Udorn City, Thailand

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 12 days ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Thank you very much for your encouraging comment, Kanan. I really appreciate it.

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        Kanan singh 13 days ago

        Very good this all good moral values for the students of any age group

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 5 weeks ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        I am very pleased that my article helped you with your research. Thanks for commenting!

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        sathyabama 5 weeks ago

        Its really an wonderful article Mr. Paul Richard. Your article was very useful for my research reference. My research is about ethical vales and its importance in children. Thank you for your wonderful work sir.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 7 weeks ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Thank you very much for your comment, Anbu.

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        Anbu 7 weeks ago

        Yes, Inclulcating moral values in children is the need of the hour.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 2 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

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        naman patel 2 months ago

        its right for childern for learning human value

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 2 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        I have written articles describing moral values that teachers should have as role models for students.

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        Arti sharma 2 months ago

        Hlo Sir ,

        Give some moral values for teacher .

        If teacher follow values then he or she can taught their students best.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 2 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Thanks for commenting.

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        Anyradha 2 months ago

        Add Your Comment.Helped me a lot in completing my project..

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 3 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Thank you for the suggestion. I will try to find some pictures and update my article.

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        Aheeda Hussain 3 months ago

        Give some

        moral value education plz sir for class Nur to 1

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 3 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Rawat, I am happy that this article will help you with your project. One of my next articles will be on moral values at home. Thank you for the suggestion.

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        Rawat 3 months ago

        Hi sir !

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        Rawat 3 months ago

        Nice sir from this it will be easy to make my project but can you also include moral values at home ?

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 5 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

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        Good

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 6 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

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        tajamul islam 6 months ago

        This will change the life of an individual

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        Sunipa

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 10 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Thank you very much for your comments. Children need moral teaching in the home and schools because the media and society, in general, are not giving it to them.

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        Don A. Hoglund 10 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

        I agree that the schools shy away from moral values in teaching but I also observe a trend of people wanting them tught. I think that is the reason home schooling has become somewhat popular. When I ws a kid I was unaware that any religiouss schools existed except the Catholic schools. Now I observe a variety of religious schools. I don't know if there are more or just did not see them before. Whatever the case it seems that the people want more moral teaching for their children.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 10 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        I am happy you liked this article.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 10 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

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        Aarti 10 months ago

        Nice thoughts

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        Aarti 10 months ago

        Nice

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 11 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Thank you very much for the comment, Rao. I am happy you found this article useful.

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        Rao 11 months ago

        This page can change our life from bad to good .

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 13 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Thank you for your very nice comment, Caron. I'm happy this article was helpful for your moral studies exam.

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        Caron 13 months ago

        It ws really helpful for my moral studies examination. Thank you Mr. Paul for writing this wonderful source of information.

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        Athena lyn 14 months ago

        thank you sir for the complete list of moral values we are conducting a research about that and it help us a lot don't worry sir we will include your name their as the author of the information that we've gather from you

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        Tweety 14 months ago

        Excellent article! In my child's public high school, I'm encountering many immoral teachings, which leaves me to think that she should switch to a Catholic school. The problem is that she doesn't want to leave her friends behind, which is understandable. The staff doesn't seem to seize the importance of moral values, which is sad. Our society needs more people like you. Keep up the good work and may God bless you.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 15 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        I really appreciate your comments and am happy you found this article inspiring.

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        Christy 15 months ago

        It's a very good and inspiring article

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 16 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        I'm happy you liked this article, Grace, and found it useful in your study!

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        grace 16 months ago

        it was a great and brilliant ideas. Thank you! Very useful in my study

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 16 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Thank you very much for your comment, Alisha Ali. I am happy that your kid's school is doing a wonderful job in teaching moral values.

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        Aisha Ali 16 months ago

        Very nice article. It is very vital to teach kids the values at the right age, before it is too late. The values taught in the very tender age. My kid's school has done wonders in this. W school in Sharjah is the best decision I took for my kid. They are just amazing teachers.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 17 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

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        john havey 17 months ago

        its good and moral value

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 17 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Thank you very much for your comment! I am pleased you find my article nice and important.

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        Prakhar 17 months ago

        nice and important

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 17 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Thanks for commenting, Amaka. I am very pleased that my article helped you with your project on values.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 17 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        I really appreciate your comment. I am happy that your parents inbibed in you moral values.

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        Amaka maduba 17 months ago

        This really helped me in writing my project on values.i really appreciate this write up.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 17 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Thank you very much for your nice and thoughtful comment, Mary. I am happy you are inspired by my article and applaud you for wanting to help homeless and hungry people.

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        mary abia 18 months ago

        am inspired by your write up on moral value because my parents imbibed in me,today,i love to help people who are homeless and hunger,i give the fod and show them more love as God says we should love one another.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 18 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Thank you very much for your comment, Willis, and I really appreciate your support.

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        Willis 18 months ago

        i wish we had more people with the same mind. our schools would be great place to be in and our students would benefit more. i support you dear friend.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 20 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        You are absolutely correct in noting that we need our religious institutions to strengthen our morality. These institutions should pay much less attention to politics.

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        odongo lucas 20 months ago

        we need our religious institutions to strengthen our morality. Not to leave all we have in the in the korans and the bibles at the doorsteps

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 20 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        I am very happy that you found this article helpful for your assignment.

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        hamza 20 months ago

        thanks its helpful for my assignment.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 20 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Thank you very much for your comments, Alex. Yes, the practical part of moral values is something that must be practiced from the lower grades in school.

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        Alex 20 months ago

        It is a hub! I would also suggest the practical part of moral values to be done as from the lower level of education. Children being helped to participate more on practical issue after learning in class the theoretical part. This will remain in their lives. Thanks Paul for a nice hub

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 20 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Thank you very much for your comments. I really appreciatet them!

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        gayathrinivetha 20 months ago

        this was very essential things of all human beings.so, we will be get more awareness in our life.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 21 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        I'm very happy you liked this hub and that I made your speech easy.

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        owais 21 months ago

        thank u sir..u made my speech easy... :)

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        I would be very happy to help you, Armel. Please send me an email and tell me how I can help you.

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        armel 2 years ago

        Paul Help me in my report about moral values

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        @prairieprincess , Thank you very much for your great encouraging and supportive comments. I'm happy you found this hub useful!

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        Sharilee Swaity 2 years ago from Canada

        Paul,

        This was beautifully written and I love the points that you make. Right now, I am teaching grade six and I try to model these teachings, as well as talk to them about doing right and wrong, on a regylar basis. I am going to look at your article on activities for teaching these things, too. It is not always an easy thing to teach, but I love your example of making part of a student's mark. Very powerful! I had not thought of doing that, but may consider it. In Canada, being a good citizen is part of the curriculum so perhaps it could be brought in that way, too. Take care and thanks for writing such an important article.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Peggy, Please excuse my long delay in replying to your comment. I appreciate you sharing.

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        Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

        That is the big advantage of attending religious based schools like the Catholic schools you and I attended when young. Moral values are totally integrated in all the other classes taught plus it reinforces the teachings and values from what our parents taught us at home. When those things are taught particularly at young ages when kids are most impressionable, they tend to stick. Good parenting is undoubtedly the MOST IMPORTANT job of all. The rest that comes after that is ancillary.

        That is not to say that good moral values cannot be taught elsewhere, but with all the negative influences out there today it is more of an uphill battle. The first job starts right in the home!

        Your first #5 example is so true! Like you, I have forgotten much of what I learned in school except for the value lessons. I cannot think of the last time I have used any algebra as an example. Happy to share this!

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        &Groot , please leave me your comment and tell me whether you liked this hub.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        I think you will be able to learn a lot from the ancient Chinese philosophers.

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        DowntownKhan 2 years ago from Pakistan

        Thank you, Sir! Will follow the Chinese philosophy references you mentioned with respect to intrinsic morals.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Thank you very much for your interesting comments about Churchill. I also have heard the argument about character traits being genetic in nature. According to ancient Chinese philosophy, Mencius believed that all people were born basically good, but the philosopher Hsunzi thought all people were born bad. I appreciate your comments on this hub!

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        DowntownKhan 2 years ago from Pakistan

        Dear Sir,

        Hope this message finds you well. Really enjoyed all your hubs related to moral education as part of former schooling. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience.

        I recently became very interested in character education. Moral values if I am not wrong form part of character education. They are certainly very relevant for every child and her personal and social development. I did some research and came across two camps of academics with reference to character education. Both agree on the fact that moral values are essential. Both believe it can be taught. However, one camp maintains that character traits are genetic in nature. I was listening to one debate in which a professor from this very camp pointed towards an anecdote of Churchill's life. In the summer of 1884, the headmaster of a prep school for boys wrote on Sir Winston Churchill's report card: "Conduct has been exceedingly bad. He is not trusted to do a single thing. He has no ambition". Maybe difficult times call for difficult virtues? Anyway, just like in any other field, there are always disagreements among researchers/academics in Education too.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        You are welcome to express your ideas on any of my hubs at any time.

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        khadku 2 years ago

        thank..u ....sir.for like my ideas.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Your ideas are very good. It definitely is important for older people to set good examples for the younger.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        This is my most popular hub and I too would like to see it become more popular. I am very happy that you liked this article!

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        What you say is completely true. Another problem is that young students have mostly bad role models and not enough good role models to teach them the value of moral virtues.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        You seem to be a very conscientious student. How is your thinking different from your parents in the matter of religion?

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        I'm probably too conservative in my thinking. Thanks for your comment.

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        khadku 2 years ago

        i wish that with all's blessing's this hub page become more popular i the world.by this page i learnt many new things . i get chance to share my views with everybody. thank...............u...........sir.

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        khadku 2 years ago

        sorry for taking the topic any where. now we have many facilities to teach children's. in schools smart classes were there. now new new thing were also there. but children's don't take too much interest in these things like in moral value etc. they only like to use mobiles,laptops,fb,watsapp,etc.they only miss use the new technoloygy.they don't like to sit with there elders.they only want's to go on any trip or picnic with there friends not with there parents or elders.this is the main problem of now's generation.........elders are the 1st google of moral values.they know our good or bad. but we ....we don't want's to sit with them .we give more importance to our friends .

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        khadku 2 years ago

        i am sikh , i belive in all gods like hindus,muslims ,christians and all . we all were studing in one school ethier he/she is hindu or sikh or muslim .all were studing equaly. overall i am studing in 11th and my thinking very much different from my parents in the matter of religion and in other matter also.

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        khadku 2 years ago

        yes, sir you are right but in world there are only 20 or 30% of people who think like u.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        It is not my intention to say that moral values should be taught along with a religion. People can teach love, compassion, hard work, and other moral virtues without being a Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim or Jew.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Thanks for commenting. I entirely agree with you that it is the responsibility of primarily mothers and also fathers to teach moral values to their children.

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        khadku 2 years ago

        you all are talking about religion there is no religion of children . god made us while making us he doesn't stamp that you are from this religion and you are from this. this all religion were made by human being . that's why this is a big issue in the whole world.

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        khadku 2 years ago

        mother is the first teacher for her children .moreover mother taught more moral values too her child than the school or from anywhere

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Thank you very much for your comment. I will definitely check out the NZ courts over-ruling the school punishment for bad behavior.

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        Anzac Descendant 3 years ago

        exactly the trouble of today's society!

        Check out NZ courts over-ruling the school punishment for bad behaviour as non-moral parents paid $20k to get it over-ruled

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Mary, thank you very much for your great comments! Yes, moral values and religion are two separate issues. The world would be a much better place today if more people had better moral values. Thanks for voting this hub up as useful and interesting!

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Vellur, Thank you very much for your comments. I'm glad that you feel the same as me about the teaching of moral values!

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Kathleen, I am very happy that you find this hub valuable. I should really write more on this subject due to how popular this hub is. Thank you very much for reading, commenting, and sharing!

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        Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

        As many have pointed out, moral values and religion are two separate issues. Certainly Paul society would fail without moral values.

        This is an excellent, evergreen, and necessary hub!

        Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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        Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

        Great hub and yes moral values must be taught to children so that they can be better people and contribute to making this world a better place to live in. All schools should make it a part of their curriculum as you have stated.

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        Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

        What a valuable hub. Sharing.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        Thank you very much for your comments! I'm very happy you learned many things from this hub.

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        Paul Richard Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

        &pavana I'm very happy that this hub was useful to you, Thank you very much for commenting!

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        Deepshikha chaudhary 3 years ago

        Thank you Ilearnt lots of thing

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