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May 10, 2017

Essays for IBPS PO 2017 - Knowledge Without Character is Dangerous !

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Knowledge Without Character is Dangerous!

Knowledge will give you power, but character respect. 
- Bruce Lee
Character and knowledge are the heart and soul of an individual. Character @ is the set of inherited and acquired qualities, which defines an individual's identity and makes him different from others. One acquires knowledge over the time through formal and informal education. The formal education is acquired from schools and educational institutions. The informal education is acquired through family, friends, peer group, and social circle.

Education empowers an individual and enables him to make rational decisions. Each individual is blessed with some or the other talent and is a bundle of untapped potential. This is why education has an important role. It helps an individual to make the best use of his talent and capabilities. Education cannot be restricted to an individuals' personal growth.

He may inspire others to learn and act as a role model for many. In fact, a society's progress can be measured in terms of the number of educated individuals. The knowledge and expertise gained by the person during the course of his education must be used for the benefits of others and society. An educated person with strong moral values is an invaluable asset to the society and nation.


The moral values lay down the foundation of a strong character. A person with poor moral values may attain his short term goals easily but it will be difficult for him to accomplish his long term goals.

The technology has taken the education to the next level. The students are taught by specialised teachers and trainers in the smart classes. e-learning solutions have become an important component of the curriculum. But it is highly disappointing that amidst all these, the moral values and the virtues have taken a back seat.

Today's generation has failed to understand the importance of character building. The failure of the education and lack of character is increasingly apparent from the rising crime and violence in the society. There is an increase in the disrespect for the authorities and violence among the school going children and teenagers.

The children are indulging in early sexual activities, self- destructive and addictive behaviour. The rate of heinous crimes such as physical and sexual assault among the children and teenagers is increasing. The media, peer groups and the internet have an impact on the development and learning of the child. If all his knowledge one is using in the negative direction, it is a waste of one's talent and capabilities. This is what, happening with today's generation.

The moral values and the virtues of a society play an important role in the character building of the individuals. Over the time, there has been a gradual decline in these values. We must remember that the character development and education need to go hand in hand. Character building must be an important aspect of the education. It is important to teach the children moral and ethical values. These are the moral values which will help them to succeed in the long run.

The purpose of education should be to develop a child's instincts in a manner that he is naturally inclined to do what is morally right. Besides the teachers and parents, the society needs to be an active partner in the character building efforts.

Character development and education should go hand in hand. Effective education must include curriculum that teaches the students respect for moral and ethical values and helps them to succeed. The education should strive to develop students' intrinsic motivation and commitment to do what is right.

All schoolstaff-teachers, administrators, counselors, coaches, secretaries, cafeteria workers, playground aides, and bus drivers must be involved in learning about, discussing, and sharing responsibility for character education. Parents and community members should be full pay tilers in the character building effort. Effective education must include an effort to assess progress in the dirtection of character building. Knowledge without character is not only worthless but can also prove to be dangerous for the individual, society, country and the humanity as a whole.

Difficult Words with Meanings :
  • Inherited derive qualities genetically from parents or ancestors
  • Acquired learn or develop (a skill or quality)
  • Empower authorise, set free
  • Untapped resources not yet exploited or used
  • Potential latent qualities, probable
  • Asset blessing, advantage
  • Accomplish fulfil, achieve
  • Heinous wicked, evil terrible.

shared by Nisheeta Mirchandani
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