Teach chil­dren the val­ues of life

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

About 90 per­cent of the chil­dren seek­ing ad­mis­sion to an in­ter­na­tional school in Wuhan, Hubei prov­ince, could not tell “the birthdays of their par­ents and grand­par­ents”. The news has shocked many ne­ti­zens, who have crit­i­cized today’s chil­dren for their ig­no­rance. But per­haps many of the adults, too, would not be able to give the ex­act birth dates of their par­ents and grand­par­ents, says an ar­ti­cle in China Youth Daily. Ex­cerpts:

Chil­dren are ex­pected to re­mem­ber the birthdays of their par­ents, but it has no di­rect re­la­tion­ship with fil­ial piety.

Be­sides, whether chil­dren can re­mem­ber their par­ents’ birthdays or not de­pends on the way they are brought up and their fam­ily and so­cial sur­round­ings. A child learns the mean­ing of re­spon­si­bil­ity and thanks­giv­ing grad­u­ally as he/she grows up. A young child, there­fore, may not re­mem­ber its par­ents’ birthdays. Sur­veys show that the num­ber of col­lege stu­dents who know their par­ents’ birthdays is much higher than that of school­child­ren.

Chil­dren be­come more car­ing and re­spon­si­ble through both parental and moral ed­u­ca­tion. For years, ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­i­ties have been ad­vo­cat­ing com­pre­hen­sive de­vel­op­ment of stu­dents.

But the pres­sure of get­ting their chil­dren ad­mit­ted to “good” schools and col­leges has prompted many par­ents to lay em­pha­sis on book­ish ed­u­ca­tion and ig­nore moral ed­u­ca­tion. This has left quite a large num­ber of stu­dents ig­no­rant about the mean­ing of life and re­spon­si­bil­ity. These stu­dents need so­ci­ety’s help to find the an­swers to their ques­tions.

There­fore, in­stead of tak­ing the fail­ure of the stu­dents in Wuhan to tell the birthdays of their par­ents and grand­par­ents as a dis­turb­ing phe­nom­e­non, we should help them be­come more car­ing and re­spon­si­ble, and more aware of the world around them.

The opin­ions ex­pressed on this page do not nec­es­sar­ily re­flect those of China Daily US edi­tion.

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