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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Essay 43 (Parents or school mould children?)

Some people think that parents should teach children how to be good members of the society.  Others, however, believe that school is the place to learn this.

Discuss both these views and give your opinion.

A child learns values to behave in an accepted manner in a civil society through various sources.  While parents have great influence at home, the prominent role of teachers and peers in school cannot be disregarded in this process.

On the one hand, parents, especially in the early childhood, teach their children the importance of obeying rules and regulations and violating them is often dealt with minor punishments.  For instance, if a child steals a chocolate or fights with children in the neighbourhood, he is reprimanded, and in certain societies, given corporal punishments, if the offence is serious.  Such interventions from parents remind children of the importance of being good citizens in the society.

On the other hand, schools also greatly contribute to the civil behaviour of children, especially in areas of discipline in public conduct and safeguarding them from bad habits.  For example, through group activities children learn to interact with their peers in an accepted manner and perform activities with cooperation.  Whereas, children may not have opportunities to learn such social skills at home.  Similarly, unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking and drug abuse are controlled in schools through disciplinary actions by school authorities. 

In conclusion, a close analysis of both the perspectives suggests that both school and parents need to play a complimentary role in moulding children to be law-abiding citizens.  Each should perform its respective role in various aspects of children’s character, in developing them to be fit for a worthy social life.

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