Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. – C.S. Lewis

When educating the minds our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts. – Dalai Lama

 What we call knowledge is only belief that has gained acceptance, there is no value-free knowledge. – Berciter

 If you want your children to be people of character, you need to be working on your own character on a regular basis. – Gauld and Gauld

 National policy of education (1986) has taken note of erosion of the essential values and accordingly has stressed on the need for readjustment in the curriculum in order to make education a forceful tool for developing social and moral value in our youth.

National curriculum framework for school education (2000) has also given due stress for value education in schools. It has stressed that the school curriculum must contain components that may embed essential values in the fresh and pure minds of school children.

We are living in the time of crisis wherein people are busy to fulfil their own greed even at the cost of others life. The numbers of incident of intolerance and radicals activities are increasing day by day among young generation. In that very moment of human crisis, importance of value based education assumes significance. Value education is that form of education that stresses the acquisition of living values by learners such as compassion, courage, honesty etc. which helps in nurturing balanced individuals, thus creating a humane society.

Superka, Ahrens and Hedstrom outlined five basic approaches to teaching values:
  • Inculcation – Having students incorporate the standards and norms of his referent group or society primarily through modelling, rewards, and sanctions.
  • Moral Development – Having students move through the stages of moral reasoning based on higher sets of values, using primarily discussions of moral dilemmas.
  • Analysis – Helping students use a rational, scientific investigation to decide issues of values and ethics, often using case studies.
  • Values Clarification – Helping students identify their own and others’ values, often with role playing, games or simulations as well as discussions and self-analysis.
  • Action Learning – Using values clarification and other approaches, providing students with opportunities to put values into practice with social action.