Education Matters

Why ethics has a place in education

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jun 27, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Why ethics has a place in educationMany parents who choose to send their children to independent schools are seeking a values-based education. They want the values taught at school to match those of the family home. They are seeking to raise ‘good people’ who will make a positive contribution to the world.

As cultural, social, environment and technological changes transform the world, the demands placed on learners and educators are changing. Advances in technology have brought local and distant communities into the classroom, exposing students to knowledge and global concerns to a greater capacity than previously experienced.

Building ethical understanding throughout all stages of schooling will assist students to engage with complex global issues that they might encounter in the future and help them to navigate a world of competing values, rights, interests and norms.

At Trinity, our educational principles are underpinned by a thoroughly Christian foundation. We aim to guide boys in mind, body and spirit.

We know that ethics can engage students with philosophical questions about the human condition – What is real?, ‘How do we know? And ‘How should we live?’

Our educational philosophy to help boys grow into men who are clear about their God-given talents and purpose in life actively encourages students to ask these questions. We aim to nurture inquirers rather than rely on an instructional teaching philosophy.

Ethics does have a place in the curriculum. Here are the main reasons why:

  • Students have the opportunity to explore the world of concepts from contemporary and historical perspectives.

  • They are taught clarification, evaluation and argument and develop skills to inquire, reason and make judgements.

  • It prepares students for the ‘real world’ where they will encounter such concepts of global warming, sustainable living and socioeconomic disparity.

  • An education that does not assist a student to explore the wider meaning of life is empty.

  • Students develop the capacity to make reasoned ethical judgements.

  • It fosters the development of personal values and attributes such as honesty, resilience, empathy and respect for others.

To learn more about how Trinity helps boys grow into men who are clear about their purpose in life, download our prospectus.

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Topics: Christianity, Religious education, Education