The Japanese Moral Development
Unlike other subject areas in the curriculum, no textbooks are used in moral education. Many teachers use educational television programs expressly developed for moral education, as well as commercially available materials, to promote student discussion on moral issues. There is considerable latitude in this area for teachers to develop their own approaches.
Education shall aim at the full development of personality, striving for the rearing of the people, sound in mind and body, who shall love truth and justice, esteem individual values, respect labor and have a deep sense of responsibility, and be imbued with the independent spirit, as builders of the peaceful state and society. The aim is very beautiful, but I am sure that Japanese nation has very high development of moral standards. The foundation of their value system is strong family, and moral principles are given from one generation to another. Harmony, order, and self-development are three of the most important values that underlie Japanese social interaction. Basic ideas about self and the nature of human society are drawn from several religious and philosophical traditions. In Japanese mythology, the gods display human emotions, such as love and anger. In these stories, behavior that results in positive relations with others is rewarded, and empathy, identifying oneself with another, is highly valued. By contrast, those actions that are antisocial, or that harm others, are condemned. Japanese children learn from their earliest days that human fulfillment comes from close association with others.
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