Monday, February 01, 2010

Character building

Singapore Management University has a statement, “Character building, an integral aspect of the SMU education, aims to build the values of ethics and social responsibility.”

Character is the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of a person. It refers to the moral or ethical quality of a person. They include qualities of honesty, courage, integrity.

Ethics, also known as moral philosophy, seeks to address questions about morality, that is, about concepts of good and bad, right and wrong, justice and virtue.

Social Responsibility
Social responsibility is a responsibility of government, business or individuals towards society at large. There is the responsibility to avoid breaking the law and also to act proactively to benefit society.

My Personal Values
I wish to share five values that define my personal character. They are:
Public Service.

I shall write more about these values in subsequent postings.


Pardjo's Blog said...

Dear Mr.Tan,I absolutely agree with "Character Building" include in university curriculum, 5 values of life is certainly needed, we should not think only for building high intelligent generation, but good character even more important in this life, especially more more fraudulant, unfair, discouragemnt, negative thinking, don"t care to public that surrounding all around the world

Anonymous said...

Character Building should start from K1 and not just at Uni level.

I can see why Spore is in a dilemma, not only shortfall in population but not enough citizens with good character. LKY, LHL, Goh CT, all ministers, all PAP MPs can be used as fine examples in character building lesson101 for all students.

Anonymous said...

i guess SMU's statement isnt trying to portray that uni students are being taught moral values. it's true when we were young, we received education on moral values but it should not stop just at kindergarden or primary school level. even as we grow up, we live by our principles.

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