Challenges to instilling virtue in the young generation

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A society has a system of values and norms that have been accepted and agreed upon as a social unit. The system of values and norms is based on the religious beliefs, customs and culture of a particular society. The Malay-Muslim community has its own system of values that has been agreed upon and practiced in everyday life. In this process, individual virtue should be developed and strengthened so that the system of values, norms and religious beliefs will be morally binding. However, due to challenges caused by world globalization and advancement of social media that broadcast and display other values from all over the world, the Malay-Muslim virtue that has been practiced for generations, is under threat. Hence, this paper discusses the challenges to develop and inculcate virtue in the minds of the present young generation, particularly among Malay-Muslims in Malaysia. It is vital for the present young generation to be educated, shaped and empowered due to frequent misbehavior among them. The many factors which contribute to misbehaviour need to be addressed by the society, particularly by parents, educators and the nation’s leaders. By presenting the insights of past and contemporary scholars, this paper focuses on and analyzes literature research on the importance of educating, empowering and shaping the virtue of today’s young generation who will be at the helm of society as future leaders. Scholars have, among other things, outlined factors contributing to misconduct which undermine youth’s virtue. Among the factors discussed by scholars are the influence of media, process of socialization, rapid changes in modernization, the culture of youth’s environment, the nature of adolescents who are not yet matured and stable, and their curiosity to experiment new things in the search for identity. These factors are definite challenges for parents, educators and leaders to developing and inculcating virtue in our younger generation. Therefore, it is imperative to study and analyze ideas, suggestions and views from scholars in the field of spiritual and Islamic education as a guide for society in inculcating virtue in the young generation for the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)498-504
Number of pages7
JournalTurkish Online Journal of Educational Technology
Volume2017
Issue numberOctober Special Issue INTE
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017

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Challenges to instilling virtue in the young generation. / Md. Sham, Fariza; Mohd Nuri, Siti Masliah; Dakir, Jawiah; Jalil, Muhammad Hilmi.

In: Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology, Vol. 2017, No. October Special Issue INTE, 01.10.2017, p. 498-504.

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