CHAPTER - I INTRODUCTION "The ideal of all education, all training should be man-making (human- making). Education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain which remains undigested and runs riot-there, all your life. We must have life- building, man-making, character-making assimilation of ideas." - Swami Vivekananda 1.0 INTRODUCTION Education is a powerful instrument of change and progressive improvement of human behaviour. It has played an important role in shaping the destinies of societies. It tends to create a social order based on values of freedom, social justice and equal opportunity and fits a man perfectly for the time. Education in 21' century has to meet the emerging needs of mankind, as it progresses from the "local community to a world society", from social cohesion to democratic participation, from economic growth to human development, from unsustainable development to sustainable development. Education in general and value education in particular occupies a prestigious place in the modem context of the contemporary society. The problem of value education of the young has assumed increasing prominence in educational discussions during recent times. Parents, teachers and society at large are concerned about values and value education of children. The present educational system, with all its complexities has proved to be deficient in so far as it neglects or does not give the deserving importance to values in human life. The human sufferings and sorrows are forever on the increase in spite of the phenomenal explosion of knowledge values have become the neglected lot in the current educational system and consequently the maxim "Education change the man" ceases to be meaningful or has almost lost its 'value'."Education without vision is waste, education without value is crime, Education without mission is life burden." education in our life enables us to become comfortable and to look after our family well. But so far as the social progress is concerned, value based education is an
unavoidable necessity. It a nation is.to be array and then the character of the people of that nation needs to be elevated. Value education refers to a programme of planned educational action aimed at the development of value and character. Every action and thought of ours leaves an impression in our mind. These impressions determine in our behaviour at a given moment and our responses to a given situation. The sum total of all our impressions is what determines our character. The past has determined the present and even so our present thoughts and actions will shhpe our future. This is a key principle governing personality development. The human values are resolved having lasting impact necessary for bringing about change in thought and conduct, in the 21" century.