Values-based Education: A Growing Trend?

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.


5 responses

  1. Self awareness is one of the highest criteria of high spiritual intelligence but one of the lowest priorities of our spiritually limited culture. From the moment we begin school we are trained to look outward, to focus on facts, and practical problems of the external world (dismissing life’s purpose and meaning, the why of life, even though the human spirit and soul craves this conversation,). The contemporary focus is the how of life. “Virtually nothing in Western education formally encourages us to reflect on ourselves personally and communally, on our inner lives and motives… there is little offered on what we believe or what we deeply value. Conversations about meaning and purpose are usually greeted with cultural silence and ambiguity.” We fill our time with constant activity, endless chatter, and silence, the cradle of the spirit and soul is filled with noise and apology. Current models of education are failing students, teachers and families.

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  3. Well stated and meaningful towards providing an important and critical message to those guardians of our young people in education. Learning the infinite and powerful potential fully attainable from searching within as an inspired reference point for our cherished youngsters is the way forward now.

    When realized as the vital new direction that brings the external conditioning to a close … then all bets are off. Now nothing will stop an inter-generational strength of love and creativity taking hold in the years forward. Thank you for these articles and feedback.

  4. Thank you Richard for highlighting The transformational power of Values-based Education (VbE). The International Values-based Education Trust and its partners are working hard in the UK and throughout the world to encourage all schools and other settings to adopt the philosophy of Valuing and it’s practical application VbE. It is wonderful to also support the work of The Barrett Centre that is having such an impact on cultural change. Dr.Neil Hawkes.

  5. One of the great instigators of values-based education, especially in the UK, was Mrs June Auton, a former primary school teacher who, sadly, died at the end of March. Having piloted and developed a comprehensive programme with her pupils, in 1995 she set up the Human Values Foundation charity to make her EDUCATION IN HUMAN VALUES programme readily available to other teachers.

    For the past 19 years, there has been a steady take-up of this programme, with, on average, around 90 primary schools starting to use it and delighting in how it stimulates children’s curiosity so that they are eager to learn. The wide-ranging values explored help the children better understand how they themselves and others tick and the workings of the world around them. Every lesson plan includes a thought-provoking introduction, a quotation, a story, a song, suggestions for quiet reflection and plenty of practical activities to reinforce the undestanding and application of the values under consideration.

    Research is confirming that many parents believe that schools, which focus on character development, as well as academic achievement, are more likely to develop happier children with mindsets that enable them to become successful young people. What is also encouraging is that more and more teachers are beginning to recognise how empowering good, systematic values education is and that it makes lessons so much more meaningful and enjoyable for everyone.

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