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10 Simple Ways to Make the World a Better Place

What role, if any, should the public school system have in teaching values to children? Human values form the basis of character and personality. "Many children do not know the difference between right and wrong. It is this imbalance that has led to many of the world's problems today" (Alderman). Additionally, the children and youth of today are confronted by many more choices than in previous generations. They are surrounded by a bewildering array of choices than in previous generations through the advancement of technology and the complexity of society. Traditionally, adults have motivated children with a sincere desire to have the younger generation lead happy and productive lives. Adults have learned a certain set of values that they attempt to transfer to their children. According to Sidney Simon, Leland Howe, and Howard Kirschenbaum, experts in values' education, one of the problems with this approach is that it is becoming increasingly less effective. The direct transfer of values works only when there is complete consistency about what constitutes "desirable" values. But consider the youth of today. Parents offer one set of "shoulds" and "should nots." The church often suggests another. The peer group offers another. Hollywood and magazines, a fourth. The President of the United States, a fifth. Being bombarded from so many different directions makes it nearly impossible for one person to bestow his or her own set of values on another (Simon 16).

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Should teachers and students be friends? Teachers are better able to structure their content and presentation methods when they have an understanding of their individual students and the way they live. For some teachers, this means being available to them as often as possible and sharing experiences. Moments that diminish the perception gap where students see teachers as out of touch with their world, promotes friendship.

Where we can, we can try to mend our relationships and do what we can to create a better world.
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Walter Feinberg and Jonas Soltis discuss the concept of a "hidden curriculum" within our schools. This curriculum helps to explain the indirect ways in which schooling serves to socialize students into the values and norms of modern society. This "hidden curriculum" was studied among children in five different schools from different social-class backgrounds. What was found is that the "hidden curriculum" presented certain conceptions of work, ownership, rules, and authority? The contrast between the working-class and affluent upper-middle-school provided a startlingly different set of values of rules, authority, and property. The working-class students were taught how to participate in the world of work at the lower end of the production process. They were taught how to follow rules that they did not necessarily understand, to engage in work that had little meaning for them, and to follow without question the orders issued by an external authority. By contrast, students in the upper-middle-class school were taught how to engage in the world of work at a relatively high level. They were taught how to work independently, to judge for themselves whether a rule meets the larger purpose of the task at hand, to manipulate symbols to their own perceived needs, to exercise internal discipline, and to negotiate with authority on an equal basis (Feinberg 60-61).

Although character education is often usedin an attempt to promote good behavior, no direct link betweenvalues and behavior has been identified.
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