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Yawn! Morals, anyone?

It’s an ordeal: Many find it tough to sit through moral classes

It’s an ordeal: Many find it tough to sit through moral classes  

CHANDRIKA S. CHAKRAVARTY

A few colleges in Bangalore offer Value Education classes and students aren’t impressed



Value Education (also called Holistic Education or Moral Science) is a subject that is supposed to help students develop their moral values and their personality and skills.

This subject is something that very few colleges in Bangalore offer, but in these colleges it is more or less compulsory to attend the Value Education classes. However, the very fact that it hasn’t been introduced in too many colleges brings up the question of whether this subject is necessary and of any use to the students.

The Hindu EducationPlus spoke to a few students to find out what they think about this subject.

Evita Louis (Christ College): Holistic classes deal with environmental education, human rights, personal skills such as leadership qualities and so on. I don’t know how useful they are, since nobody ever listens to the lectures. Even the teachers who come in for these classes don’t seem to like what they’re doing. Holistic education is now compulsory, and it’s frustrating that I have to sit through those classes. I’d like to have those hours free. I do think it’s important to learn the stuff they teach, but I don’t agree with making it compulsory, it should be made optional.

Grace Samson (Kristu Jayanti College): We generally have moral instruction classes during the first two years of college, though the university has not made them compulsory. There is no particular teacher assigned to take these classes, and we don’t have to take examinations on this, but it helps inculcate good values in us. The teachers prepare power-point presentations on topics that a large part of today’s youth face, such as drug abuse. The second-year students also have opportunities to visit old age homes and orphanages to help and contribute to society in any way that they can.

Pooja Sampath (Mount Carmel College): Value Education is a pointless and useless class which we have to attend once a week. The values it is supposed to teach us are the same as the stuff we have been learning throughout school, and as we are now adults the college should have enough confidence in us to trust us to be discerning, and to realise that we are responsible for all our actions. If we have such a class, we ought to be doing something useful like community service, instead of just sitting around in a classroom and having pointless discussions.

Pradish C.J. (Kristu Jayanti College): Holistic Education in our college is pretty useful. We are divided into teams, and we make presentations on current affairs, participate in role play, business quizzes, group discussions, etc. We also have prayer meetings and a counsellor who comes in to help out students. In addition to this, every Wednesday we have two hours of self-study to work on our soft skills and help other students improve theirs. No one usually wants to back out of these classes because students who attend get preference over others to go for fests, thanks to their exposure.

Swathi Vinod (Mount Carmel College): Value Education classes are extremely boring. We don’t do anything at all. A subject like this should ideally be completely practical and hands-on. The college can, for example, do things like take us to different non-governmental organisations and make us work with spastic children. I think it’s a good idea to have this subject, but it should be made optional, so that only people who really enjoy such work and really want to do it take it up. It shouldn’t be something where you just sit in a classroom and get bored.

Manisha Kumar (Christ College): We have Holistic Education classes once a week. They are treated very seriously, and attending them is very important. The subject consists of modules such as speaking, written communication, and tips on how to prepare for exams, and we have an exam on it at the end of each semester. In most classes we have group activities, discussions, and presentations, so they can be quite fun. Most people seem to think we already know all that is taught, but the way the matter is presented to us makes a big difference.



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