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Moral science and some variations
My son reads in LKG in a Missionary school where moral science has been introduced as a compulsory subject like others. My attention often goes to my son's desk when he is being taught the moral lessons as per school syllabus by his mother where I have come across some variations in the teaching methodology that I do think is worth exploring.

Let's take a closure look at some qualities of questions with answers in moral science:

Question: Who is around us? Answer: God is around us. Q: Can you feel God? A: Yes. I can feel God. (On this specific question, my son often answers…"No. I can't feel God". He answers logically but as per book exercise, he's wrong and hence, he blindly learns his lessons).

Q: Can you touch God? A: No. We cannot touch God. Q: Why should we thank God? A: We thank God for the food. Q: Who is our loving father? A: God is our loving father. (Son asks to his mother looking at me, Mom, my father isn't my loving father?) Q: Who gives us everything that we ask for? A: God gives us everything that we ask for. (My son to his mom: But, my father gives me everything). Q: Who always cares for us? A: God always cares for us.

Certainly, learning moral science is absolutely required in schools but not in such a way because these kinds of moral questions are subconsciously going inside a child's mind and it continually brings them into contact with the dark side of life. I wonder what sort of moral science is being taught particularly in a Missionary school and I don't think this kind of question is useful in the future. Such education is not designed to serve the needs of our societal stage and culture. Children should not be taught ineffective question-answers in school, I feel. Or else, this system has reduced importance of moral science.

The main purpose of moral science is to develop children socially, ethically and mentally by instilling moral development into every aspect of society and culture. The social, ethical and emotional development of the children is just as important as their academic development. There should be a strong moral lesson through which the world will be such a nice place to live in when moral science is actually learnt by heart and experienced right through the life.

As I discussed with Dr. Hiren Gohain, a writer, poet, academician, social scientist, Marxist literary critic and the most respected intellectual of Assam, on learning moral science in a Missionary school, he nicely stated as, "All this is pure rigmarole to small children. But they are a kind of brain-washing, of no use whatever in developing moral sensibility of the child. A more purposeful and effective way to introduce them to moral questions is to awaken them to a sense of their immediate relationships: parents, siblings, neighbours, school-fellows, teachers, the natural surroundings and so on. Moral fables that are not too preachy would be of some help."

Moral science should teach the children in such a manner, which leaves a deep thought and feeling in their mind and heart. It can develop the high ideals of life and high thinking. Certainly, it's not a subject but a style of good living. It teaches moral values such as honestly, discipline, good manners, respect, accountability, sincerity, good humour, equality, fairness, kindness and et al. What do parents want most from the children? Every parent wants their child to grow up into well-bred.

It is said that moral science is being treated as "value education" in school like "Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya" (JNV) which is not taught as a separate subject. I do think that a child needs for proper value education or good moral values in today's society so that they can see the faces of good and evil when they grow up.

Also, in value education, a child should learn the best form of discipline and directed towards a right course that will be more useful tool for the children in future. There are good habits and manners a child needs to learn which play the most significant role for success in life.

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