Introduction to value education. By Rowshan Zannat, Mohammad Alamgheer and Md. Abdul Awal Khan. Dhaka: Bangladesh Institute of Islamic Thought (BIIT), 2014. pp. 141. ISBN: 978-984-8471-15-9.
Reviewer: Dr. Md. Abu Raihan, Assistant Professor in TVE Department, Islamic University of Technology (IUT), Gazipur. E-mail: email@example.com
The book under review provides substantial information and principles of value education. It consists of an Introduction to value education and seven chapters dealing with relevant topics. Each chapter contains a summary and a number of questions which facilitate assessing learners‟ achievements. The book also has a glossary which is helpful. “Value education” is a kind of special subject not commonly taught in schools, colleges, and universities and is not generally included in the curriculum of professional training programs like B.Ed., M.Ed., etc. Nevertheless, value education is most essential to help develop the “Human Character”. It is indispensable for the contemporary society which is gradually regressing to a lower stage.
The first chapter outlines the concepts and manifestation of values. The major objectives of the chapter are to make the learners acquainted with the denotation and connotation of value education; to delineate the approach of analyzing value education; and to evaluate the need for value education from the viewpoint of human development. In this chapter, extensive references are made to the ideas of renowned scholars and activists like Joseph Stalin, Ryle, K.H. Imam Zarkasy, Shakespeare, Aristotle, Locke, Hume, Bertrand Russell and Spenser Herbert. The chapter concludes with the observation that in the past, education was based on the contents of Holy Scriptures of major religions which is now giving in to materialism entertaining Godless or secularist notion of science, reasoning, and experiment. Secularism and other related dogmas are being embraced by the people all over the world.