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November 8, 2017 at 7:54 am

What Can a Values-centric Curriculum Offer to Your Child’s Future?

Man studying The Philippines is a country that puts values in high regard, with an emphasis on children’s manners. How children respond to their parents and their elders is something that parents keep an eye on. How they interact in an amicable manner with other people attracts the attention of people as well.

Education plays a big role in forming a person’s values. While some public and non-sectarian schools still provide values education, Catholic schools like St. Edward Integrated School take a step further by integrating values education into their curriculum.

The Need for Values Education

The Center for Curriculum Redesign in Boston provided a solid outline of what 21st Century Education should look like. In their proposition, school curriculums must strike a balance between knowledge, skills, and character.

“Character” represents the principles that values-centric schools aim to instill into their students. Character development, in this case, has much to do with one’s moral education.

In 2015, Dr. Sandeep Kaur stated that teachers and parents play important roles in values development. However, do you know exactly what values development and a values-centric curriculum do for your children’s future?

Holistic Development

For many, the first moral and ethical guidelines are that of their religion. This is true for many Catholics and Catholic schools. They take values education seriously, and one of the promises of a values-centric curriculum is holistic development.

By equipping students with knowledge in various subject areas, schools with a values-centric curriculum can better emphasize in character development. They do this by promoting responsibility, self-discipline, and social awareness on top of the various Filipino values.

Other schools have much to offer, even without an emphasis on values education. However, with a complete understanding of ethical and moral standards, leadership skills, and being civic-spirited, children and older students that receive education under a values-centric curriculum are arguably more equipped for the future.