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VALUES AND EDUCATION: Contributions of Parents and Society towards School is Vital

Kebede Haile
At present time, there is a deep moral crisis that is affecting different dimensions of society: Poor educational system. Hence, the need to insist on the value of education is a must. As we many of us aware of, man is composed of a sensitive and material body and a spiritual and rational soul.

Education - Satenaw NewsThe net part of this article is therefore to stress how the contribution of society to the value of education is important for the country’s wellbeing. If there is no proper educational system, any country could not be developed socially, economically, and politically. So education deserves enormous support from both the government and from all walks of life to keep the national educational environment afloat. But in many parts of African countries including Ethiopia they pay no attention to their schools, teachers, and libraries. Due to this unjustified reason, the economic problems in Ethiopia have forced the educational institutions to roll back their curriculums so also students to drop out from school in search of jobs to be economically sustained and some continue their studies through distance learning.

The Ethiopian government always claimed it has created several private educational institutions to minimize shortage of college and universities. But these schools have been established across the country in a shift toward “education for profit.” Most of these private educational institutions are owned by the Ethiopian Diaspora and Foreigners. They targeted those students who do not qualify for traditional schools or college to train them in various vocational skills to prepare them for employment. But many parents complain that the private schools are not abided by their commitments-short of trained teachers, books, and academic discipline.

According to Urban Dictionary, the word etymology means the organ and meaning of a word. If properly applied to personality, it means the adherence to moral values that a person expresses consistently in her/his personal behavior. That is the signal or recognizable mark of one’s moral worth as a human being. It is a quality of a person who feels responsibility in her/his society. To contribute to the value of education, society and government leaders must be in a good moral campus.

Leadership character does not happen by itself miraculously. It depends on heredity and on surrounding influences, as well as on education. First and for most, character education is the acquisition of values or ideals of conduct consistent with a person’s dignity. An ideal value is a worthy aspiration maintained as a guiding principle of action. For example, we have truth, goodness, honesty, tolerance, justice and/or fairness in our day-to-day life. These must be adapted to the characteristics of each governmental stage. Good rules do much, but good models do even more shines. The primary sources of values are imitation and emulation/transparency.

In addition, character education is not only government policy but it also is the responsibility of family that comes right from the moment of birth must prepare a plan with values for it. Likewise, it is the responsibility of every society and schools to be an example; hence, the need for an educational pact that establishes a minimum set of common values by which we educate pupil. We must remember that coexistence in society becomes difficult without appropriate moral values. These can be completed with other supporting values, such as religious without opposing the constitutional framework.

Second good character comes from the improvement of will or ability to act deliberately, of owning one’s actions. All teaching should be directed to the strengthening of will, to reflection and deliberation, to the decision-making and to enforcement of the same, trying to be persistent in order to act according to the values on which we intend to educate others.

Third, character is the formation of good habits. A man of character is a man of reason, logical thinking, will power and temperance in all things. In order to achieve this purpose, it is necessary to establish strong, consistent, and well-organized habits to attain in ways of thinking and acting, during all occasions in life, in accordance with the values and ideals established. For this reason, it is essential that family, society, and schools provide opportunities to live and practice these values as needed.

Finally, character is one of the establishments of emotional stability. Man is not absolute or pure intellect or possesses pure will. Knowledge and action are mixed by feelings and emotions; hence the need to attend an effective education simultaneously to be emotional intelligence, and education to acquire acceptable skills that will help man to handle his/her emotions and passions properly. This, in turn, stimulates the intellect and motivates desires of any human being.

Emotional balance implies to emotional stability. It is the result of a happiness and reasonable control of one’s emotions, necessary for a job, for study and for society in general. The use of will in controlling emotions is important and this control constitutes of self-control in government and parent leaderships.

Shaping up your child’s future Career

The younger generation nowadays might not listen to their parents’ advice on clothing, hair, or whatever they should be watching on television and on technological gadget but when it comes to picking a marketable skill children are really influenced by their parents golden advices. Research shows that parental involvement is one of the biggest factors influencing the development of a child’s sense of the workforce. So if your child is in a teenage age or older, it’s time to start talking about the future life they ultimately face.

A concept often mentioned by Ethiopians and one that is considered a national slogan is “Temhiret Ayegodam,” which literally translated as education would not hurt and the Ethiopian immigrants in America consider it as one of their primary goals-to give good education to their children. It is their main mission-to encourages their children to pursue their studies until they become professionals in the fields of their academic discipline.

To get your children think about the future, start a solid conversation during meals time or when you all are in a car driving mode. Discuss your own career path and its twists and turns as well as your child’s hopes for the future. Find out what occupations they are interested in and what they know they don’t like doing. Ruling out what they don’t want to do can be a great starting point to lead.

Broaden your children’s knowledge of possible career is essential. This will expose your school children to thousands of potential job opportunities. If a higher educational level is of interest to your child, do your own research to locate college and university close to your home so that parents have a close contact. With that in mind, make use of online resources. Many websites give you endless tips, articles and research on careers and employment trends, as well as occupation profiles, job seeking tips and even articles to help parents guide to their children.

Helping your children pick a career path doesn’t have to be as hard as getting them to spend less time on computer and more time reading books. Talking openly with them to sharing your life experiences in employment, work environment, opening their minds to new industries exposure to jobs and undertaking some online-based research will help to lay the foundation for future success in the workforce.

In any case, since education has always been extremely important to the people of any country, and since education is a door to success in societies’ life, the primary objectives of any government should be education to eradicate poverty and to raise the standard of living of the

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