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Education without values, is useful or a complete waste.


“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a cleverer devil.”- C.S. Lewis The veritable co-existence of innumerable life forms in harmony and interdependence on the face of the earth is the paramount exemplar of eminence of values in life. What makes human being a human in true sense is education full of values. Education and values are not disparate facets rather they are two sides of same coin. They cannot be separated or else they are impelled to be catastrophic. As it is also accentuated “Education without values is lame and values without education are blind.” Peace and satisfaction can be accomplished only with the knowledge that teaches us to be satisfied which is nothing but one of many values.

It pains me to notify the loopholes in the present scenario of the education system. The education in the ongoing context teaches how to pass exams, how to earn a living, how to show oneself superior to the other with extra bits of knowledge thus building disparity and making sure that it is maintained economically, socially and mentally. It fails to underscore learning to respect others, help others and forgive others. Schools and colleges have become bare factories producing engineers, doctors etc. leaving behind any personality development for a person. Einstein, as it is said, encouraged his students to become man of values, not man of success. But presently, the incidents of youngsters joining terror groups are the most horrible testament of how education without values can prove not only futile but fatal to mankind. Education has readily been used as a source of employment rather than an approach towards upliftment of society and casting out ignorance, hence merely a waste for human race.

Mankind has witnessed plenty of incidents in past which stress to imbibe values in a person’s life. The Second World War, the unforgettable dreadful nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the fallout of lack of values. But why go so far? We have innumerable incidents in the present which exhibit the most horrific and abominable face of education short of values. The high-qualified, well educated doctors, alias lifesavers, get involved in crimes like organ trafficking, forced abortions just for the sake of money. Many top class educated businessmen get engaged in unscrupulous activities, for instance- Vijay Malaya, the bank defaulter fugitive, the CWG scam, the 2-G spectrum scam and so many others. We also witness the scam tainted politicians (e.g., fodder scam-Lalu Prasad Yadav), and most unfortunately the teachers who are supposed to inculcate good habits and values in students are caught up aiding in cheating, feigned admissions and even sexual abuse of students. Other incidents unveiling the pernicious face of value less education are cyber warfare and hacking, corruption in public resources and management, negative utilization of loopholes of constitutional mechanisms and so on and so forth. How can education without values then be considered at all significant! It is nothing but waste that has caused havoc for human beings.

In my view, the only way to save the hour is to adopt the realistic form of education- value education. We need not just political reforms but major rethinking about the very idea of education. For instance- we can learn about Indian polity, about our fundamental rights but if we don’t stand against injustice and inequality, then such an education will be of no use. It’s our values which motivate and guide us to fight for what is virtuous. Mere bookish knowledge is of less worth, what actually counts is the positive change that value education inculcates in a person. Our most eminent leaders, social thinkers like Swami Vivekananda, APJ Abdul Kalam, Rabindranath Tagore have continually stressed on the need for values learning. For growth of a nation and development of its citizens, values like Patriotism, Honesty, Belongingness, Solidarity, and Fraternity form the very base of progress. Youth must be taught about values and the rationale behind their existence. A man of moral will use ammonium nitrate as fertilizers for maximizing the general well-being. But a man of dubious spirits may use it to make bombs. Thus it is values that shape our decisions in the face of such alternative courses of action.

Vinoba Bhave emphasizes, “Padhna ek guna, chintan do guna aur aacharan sau guna k barabar hota hai”. Thus education can never achieve what it aspires in the absence of values. Indubitably it lays waste and moreover disasters if values don’t accompany it.

- Swadha Tripathi