Author: Sainkolo B. Sondah
Education Department, School of Education, Arts & Social Sciences,
Africa International University
As Africa welcomed the 21st century, not much preparation was done to help Africa maintain some of its values amidst the techno-terror era that came with the 21st century. As a result, the strong African value of communal living was tampered with. It was this value that helped traditional Africans societies to have a stronger sense of self, community and society at large. This value taught many things such as, hospitality, sense of belonging, etc. Ingrained in the culture of the traditional African, communal living was an easy way of grooming children to fit in the society. This grooming was done by every member of the community. Modern day Africa is daily moving away from this communal living. As a result, the continent continues to face increasing challenges with maintaining its values and disciplining the leaders of the next generation. Schools are overwhelmed with the need to meet the rising demands to train the future leaders of Africa. This paper seeks to discuss how parents are to be involved with the school in the disciplining of their kids as well as helping to instill values in them. Furthermore, the paper will attempt to provide suggested methods by which Bible-based values can be incorporated into the curriculum and ways that Christian educators can teach values to learners in a pluralistic society. This paper is arguing that values, discipline and the roles of parents are all interwoven interchangeably. This means, the three – values, discipline and parental roles – are inseparable. As a result, the paper will use the three interchangeably.
Keywords: School Discipline, Value-Based Curriculum, Parental Roles