More and more schools around the world are teaching children about values. Kids are developing values-literacy. You can find out more about this trend at the website of Values Based Education.
At last we are preparing future generations to make values-based decisions. From my perspective this is not just something to be applauded, it is something to be celebrated.
Here is a picture of Julie Rees, Head of Ledbury School. An outstanding values-based school. Having pioneered values in schools, Ledbury now wants to be the first Values-based town in the UK.
Here are some of the comments about Ledbury School from the school inspectors:
“Pupils feel safe and secure at school and show very high levels of care and support for each other in all situations. Their very well developed values are reflected in their burgeoning understanding of how to do right by other people, how different people live their lives and the cultures of different parts of the world now and in the past.”
“Pupils’ development, as caring individuals who appreciate the values associated with getting on together, helping your fellows and being proactive about the environment and the world we live in, is outstanding.”
Values-based education is all about identifying a common ethical language based on positive human values. When children learn about values and experience them in the classroom they begin to live the values.
A great reference if you want to bring values-based education to your children’s schools is the book by Dr. Neil Hawkes.