THE SIG­NIF­I­CANCE OF VAL­UES ED­U­CA­TION IN ED­U­CAT­ING THE YOUTH

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MARY JANE P. MALLARI

Val­ues Ed­u­ca­tion or Edukasyon sa Pag­pa­pakatao is such a sig­nif­i­cant learn­ing area that must be given fo­cus in ed­u­cat­ing the Filipino Youth. As the fa­mous cliché goes, “Ed­u­cat­ing the mind with­out ed­u­cat­ing the heart is dan­ger­ous”, as most of­ten than not, it de­vel­ops mon­strous char­ac­ters in peo­ple who would use their ac­quired knowl­edge in sat­is­fy­ing their vested in­ter­est and self­ish mo­tives, rather than putting the wel­fare of oth­ers. This is the pri­mary rea­son why equally im­por­tant to cog­ni­tive devel­op­ment, is val­ues for­ma­tion among learn­ers.

Hence, schools must pro­vide var­i­ous learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that could de­velop and even­tu­ally en­hance sets of val­ues among their stu­dents. They should also craft pro­grams for the en­hance­ment of the teach­ers skills in de­liv­er­ing in­te­gra­tive ap­proach to teach­ing. The ed­u­ca­tors of val­ues on the other hand, must em­ploy var­i­ous strate­gies and tech­niques so as to ef­fec­tively in­still val­ues in all learn­ers for th­ese will help de­velop their char­ac­ter and even de­fine their per­son­al­i­ties. But the role of Val­ues Ed­u­ca­tion teach­ers doesn’t just end within the four walls of the class­room. Telling the class that they have to have hon­esty, in­dus­try, re­spect and all that, is a weak in­struc­tion. Teach­ers have to model the val­ues they ex­plain in their classes. They should prac­tice what they preach. “Walk­ing the talk is the state­ment”, every Val­ues Ed­u­ca­tion teacher must take note of. In­stead of just ex­plain­ing to the learn­ers that such val­ues are good to have, it would be bet­ter that th­ese learn­ers are able to ob­serve them through their teach­ers’be­hav­iors. Af­ter all val­ues are bet­ter ac­quired when caught, rather than when just taught by some­one. In­cor­po­rat­ing val­ues con­cepts in lessons is not just the sole re­spon­si­bil­ity of Val­ues Ed­u­ca­tion and ESP teach­ers, but by all men­tors. that every teacher, This im­plies that every teacher, has to ex­em­plify the dif­fer­ent val­ues, most es­pe­cially, the DepEd core val­ues of be­ing MAKADIYOS, MAKATAO, MAKAKALIKASAN at MAKABANSA, which en­com­pass all other pos­i­tive traits/be­hav­iors.

In to­day’s chal­leng­ing and fast-phased world, teach­ing val­ues to the youth has never been more chal­leng­ing and sig­nif­i­cant than ever, as chil­dren are ex­posed to var­i­ous sit­u­a­tions in the en­vi­ron­ment with which could eas­ily ac­quire be­cause of the na­ture of be­ing ex­tremely im­pres­sion­able, which makes them vul­ner­a­ble. Adults, in­clud­ing par­ents and teach­ers who are con­sid­ered to have the great­est in­flu­ence in their chil­dren, must work to­gether to­wards the for­ma­tion of right val­ues to the youth. Val­ues, such as in­tegrity, in­dus­try, re­spect for oth­ers, hon­esty, God­li­ness, cre­ativ­ity and the likes, are es­sen­tial to be im­bibed in every Filipino learner so that as they ac­quire ed­u­ca­tion, they would be able to bet­ter serve their com­mu­nity and the coun­try in gen­eral through the use of their ac­quired com­pe­ten­cies and skills, an­chored on their val­ues. With this dis­cus­sion, the school, in part­ner­ship with the home and the com­mu­nity at large, must work to­gether, serve as ex­em­plar of val­ues for the stu­dents to em­u­late. One of the best venue to ac­com­plish this, is in school, through class­room in­struc­tion, where teach­ers, par­ents and other stake­hold­ers de­mon­strate val­ues that learn­ers are able ob­serve, process and de­mon­strate. In con­clu­sion, no one will ever con­test the im­por­tance of Val­ues Ed­u­ca­tion in ed­u­cat­ing the Filipino youth holis­ti­cally be­cause, it truly es­sen­tial in form­ing their char­ac­ter.

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I at Pam­panga High School

The au­thor is Mas­ter Teacher

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