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"The real aim of education is to teach moral values" Explain the reasoning behind this statement. Present a counter-argument. To what extent do you agree with the statement?
Education provides the basis of our character. There is a correlation between a good, moral character and a good education. From a young age, interactions with other children, as well as teachers, broaden a child's view on the world- enabling them to meet people from all walks of life. It is during this time of initial exposure to a wider circle of people (beyond the immediate family), where one learns how to treat others with empathy, taught to be kind and view the world through a more selfless lens. Without an establishment, such as a school, it is hard to teach these values without practice. In higher education, harder moral problems can be tackled and dissected. For example, the prevalent moral dilemma between distributing ventilation and equipment to different (arguably more deserving) patients. As with most dilemmas, there is almost never an easy right or wrong answer, which is why it is so important to discuss these with other people, students or lectures, who may have opposing views. Understanding the opposing point of view is key in order to establish moral values which resonate with yourself. Educational settings provide an opportunity to do this.
On the other hand, moral values are not something which can be directly taught and are not the sole purpose of education. These values can be repeated and reinstated but, unlike science or maths, are not fact. The "real" aim of education is to pass on knowledge- for example, the causes of an illness, the treatment options that follow and the statistics of recovery etc. Perhaps it is with the knowledge we obtain from education that we can then use to make difficult decisions based on our moral values. For example, knowing that an intensive treatment, such as tube feeding, will cause harm upon the patient, should the doctor still push for the slim chance of recovery? While scenarios will differ with each patient, one can make better decisions with the knowledge obtained from education.
In conclusion, while education's primary aim is not to teach morality, education provides an environment for difficult moral questions to be raised, thus establishing someone's moral values.