6) There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent. Comment.(250 words)

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Topic:Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

6) There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent. Comment.(250 words)

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Why this question

UPSC almost always asks a questions based on a quotation from some famous personality (here Gandhi)and we have to comment on it. The issue is related to GS- 4 syllabus under the following heading

Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to express our knowledge and understanding of the role of the family and the parents in inculcating and developing values among the children.

Directive word

Comment- Here we have to express our understanding of the issue and come up with an opinion (either against or for, the statement/ quotation). However, our opinion should be in consonance with and a reflection of our discussion of the issue.

Structure of the answer

Introduction- Mention some related quote by some other famous person OR simply mention that family and parents play a huge role in the overall development of the child, his values and temperament/ attitude etc.

Body

Discuss the role of family and the parents in inculcating values in a child. E.g role model, shaping of attitude towards people and society, inculcation of prejudices, close contact and high amount of time spent together, role of criticizing actions/ thoughts of the child, development of critical thought process in the child etc.

Take the help of the article attached to the question and take the help of other relevant material to frame your answer.

Conclusion- Based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced opinion on the overall issue.