Start young when teaching good habits

It is heartening to note that the People's Association has created and launched a comic book to promote good social habits here (Comic book to promote good habits; Sept 22).

However, it takes more than a book to bring about a more gracious society.

Good or bad habits do not occur overnight and take years to form.

In this respect, we could learn from the Japanese educational system.

There, the main focus during the first few years of a child's education is the imparting of values such as mindfulness, courtesy and social responsibility, rather than chasing academic grades.

We could adopt this system for our pre-school centres and primary schools.

It takes the inculcation of such values from a young age to promote good habits in our citizens.

Besides imparting academic knowledge, schools also play an important role in ensuring that our young grow up to be socially responsible citizens with good habits.

Seah Yam Meng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 25, 2017, with the headline 'Start young when teaching good habits'. Subscribe