Moral Values for Students: A Necessary Part of the Curriculum

Updated on October 21, 2018
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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.

Teaching Moral Values on a School Trip

The author with his sixth-grade students on a school trip in Bangkok, Thailand.  Picture taken in 2010.
The author with his sixth-grade students on a school trip in Bangkok, Thailand. Picture taken in 2010. | Source

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 lifestyles.

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 the learning of 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.

Most Important Moral Value for Students

Which is the most important moral value for students to learn?

  • 18% Love
  • 10% Compassion
  • 41% Honesty
  • 27% Hard Work
  • 4% Other
3,440 people have voted in this poll.

Moral Values for Students in School

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Questions & Answers

  • What is the use of moral values?

    Having good moral values is the foundation for being a good child, parent, spouse, and citizen.

  • How do I get success in our life by some more values and etiquettes?

    If you practice moral values such as love and honesty, you will be respected wherever and whatever you do in your life.

  • How should moral values be taught, and why?

    Moral values should first be taught in the home so that children are trained to be compassionate, honest, and hard-working. They should continue to be taught in schools to prepare students to be good parents and citizens in society.

  • Why should students be punctual in all our actions?

    I would say being punctual in our actions is important for two main reasons. The first is because time is money. The second is because we don't want to waste other people's time.

  • Why is honesty is important?

    In the Ten Commandments, it states that one should not steal or bear false witness against a neighbor. People do not respect a dishonest person. Being dishonest will also get you into jail at times.

© 2011 Paul Richard Kuehn

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      Zain 

      5 hours ago

      Those moral lesson are so gorgeous

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      Gary Garcia 

      7 hours ago

      I have the same thoughts, it's timely that I read this. I'm a Google trainer and I want to teach values while imparting educational technology. I've seen the effects of technology and other media. Technology is here, the only way to make a change is to educate and train teachers well.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      35 hours ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you very much for your comment, Ranjeet!

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      Ranjeet Singh 

      2 days ago

      yes , i agree 4 these values

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      3 days ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Yes, I agree that school kids should be taught moral values so that they will have good manners and be able to share and care for their friends.

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      Mythily Reddy 

      3 days ago

      School kids should be taught moral values displance good manners sharing and caring for their friends and causing

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      7 days ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you very much for your inspiring comment.

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      eliza lizz 

      8 days ago

      very helpful. God bless your work.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 weeks ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      I am extremely happy that you found this article very helpful.

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      2 weeks ago

      Thanks for such a nice article. It is really very helpful....

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      3 weeks ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you. I'm very pleased that this article was beneficial to you.

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      3 weeks ago

      I liked this article; it was beneficial for my speech.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      4 weeks ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you for your very encouraging comment.

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      Nadia Amelie 

      5 weeks ago

      You're such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      6 weeks ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you. I am happy you like this article.

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      Rehana Tauqeer 

      6 weeks ago

      Nice and useful article

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      I am happy you found this article useful!

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      varshika mishra 

      2 months ago

      wow it is very useful for me and my cousins

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      3 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Jetro, you may copy it but make sure that you give me credit for writing the article.

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      jetro b. manucan 

      3 months ago

      thank you sir of the lessons it helps me so much.in teaching my children,values..permission to copy sir.. may God bless you

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      4 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thanks for the comment. I am happy this article is helpful for you.

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      Pragti 

      4 months ago

      So nice . It is helpful for me

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      5 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thanks for the nice comments. You can email me at my hotmail address.

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      catechist jacobs 

      6 months ago

      paul, am greatly inspired by your teachings and i would wish to become a benefactor and more so a close friend. kindly help me know how i can reach or converse with you.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      6 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you for your favorable comment!

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      Joey 

      6 months ago

      So nice

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      6 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

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      Phindile 

      6 months ago

      Thanks a lot

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      7 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thanks for the good comment!

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      sayoni samal 

      7 months ago

      nice thought...

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      8 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      I am very happy this article is helping you. Thanks for the comment!

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      Marcus Kotei 

      8 months ago

      This is great and I like it. It is helping me a lot.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      8 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Yes, Feroz, scope of improvement is also a moral value for students.

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      Feroz Shah 

      8 months ago

      NICE ARTICLE... THERE IS SCOPE OF IMPROVEMENT ALSO

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      8 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      I am very happy that you liked this article about moral values!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      8 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      I appreciate your comment.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      8 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

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      Kashish 

      8 months ago

      Thanks for giving the speech.Thanks alot

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      Kashish 

      8 months ago

      Thanks

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      Kashish 

      8 months ago

      Without moral values there is no bright future

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      8 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thanks for commenting, Muhammad. I appreciate your opinion.

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      muhammad ilyas abdullah 

      9 months ago

      im agree with you,... this world need more moral values

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      9 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you very much! I am so pleased that you are a fan of my article.

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      Prachi 

      9 months ago

      Thank you so much sir.....! Sir; you know I am was very big fan of you and your article.Again Thank you very much sir......!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      11 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you very much for your comment! I am very happy that this article helped you.

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      krati gupta 

      11 months ago

      You helped me a lot with this article

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      12 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      This is an excellent topic, Nicholas, and I will write an article on this in the future.

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      Nicholas Muasya 

      12 months ago

      Wish to get articles on moral education

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      12 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you very much for your comment.

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      Bachha 

      12 months ago

      If a person is not following moral values then his or her life is just fake

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      13 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      I will respond to your question soon.

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      riry 

      13 months ago

      ive sent question, hope i get good response #prayin

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      13 months 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 months ago

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

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      14 months 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 

      14 months 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 

      14 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you very much for your comment, Anbu.

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      Anbu 

      14 months ago

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

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      15 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you very much for your comment!

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      naman patel 

      15 months ago

      its right for childern for learning human value

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      15 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 

      15 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 

      16 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thanks for commenting.

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      Anyradha 

      16 months ago

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

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      16 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 

      16 months ago

      Give some

      moral value education plz sir for class Nur to 1

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      16 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 

      16 months ago

      Hi sir !

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      Rawat 

      16 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 

      18 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Poo 

      18 months ago

      Good

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      20 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you very much for your comment.

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      tajamul islam 

      20 months ago

      This will change the life of an individual

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      Debashis 

      21 months ago

      Sunipa

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      23 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 

      23 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 

      23 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      I am happy you liked this article.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      23 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you for your comment!

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      Aarti 

      23 months ago

      Nice thoughts

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      Aarti 

      23 months ago

      Nice

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago

      This page can change our life from bad to good .

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago

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

      Regards,

      Caron C

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      Athena lyn 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

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

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      Christy 

      2 years ago

      It's a very good and inspiring article

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago

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

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you very much for your comment, John.

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      john havey 

      2 years ago

      its good and moral value

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago

      nice and important

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago

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

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years 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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