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School plays a more important role than the family in shaping one's personality. Discuss.

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" School plays a more important role than the family in shaping one's personality". Discuss. There are two main factors shaping human personality - parents and school. The main question is, which of this two factors are more important? A group of people support the view that school plays a more important role in shaping personality, while another group of people disagree with this statement, claiming that parents and family play a more significant role. One point in favour of the role of schools is that it is at school where children first learn to socialise. Interaction with other people, making friends and working in a group makes the child less alienated and more cooperative. Being a member of a group forms self- esteem, self- appearance and attitude towards the world and ourselves, which are the main components of an individual. ...read more.


As a consequence views are not only changed, but also enlarged. Child sees the idea from many points of view. What is more, different subjects broaden their interests and hobbies, which makes a child an individual among others. Due to this fact a personality is shaped, as personality is regarded as something individual and which cannot by repeated. On the other hand, most children have a closer relationship with their parents than with teachers. Obviously, they have a greater influence on a child and this kind of relationship is more valuable. Parents show their children important values and share their life experience. Naturally this cannot be taught by books and transmitted by teachers, even those the most skilled. As a result, sharing their parents experience and gaining knowledge from them about what is important in life, children form their own values and expectations, which is crucial for shaping their personality. ...read more.


In fact more important is the way that a person deals with certain problems, which are not always simple to handle with. Parents are more likely to give advice and show what would be the best solution for a problem. Due to this fact, they are more able forming children's personality than school does. Taking everything into consideration, the is no absolute answer to the question which factor- school or family has a greater influence on child's personality. On one hand school teaches the child how to socialise, but on the other hand children have closer relationship with the parents than with teachers. Although in school young people are exposed to a wide variety of subjects, much of the school day is devoted to competition and exam preparation. However, a child spends as many as eight hours a day at school, their first five years before they go to school are spend at home. ...read more.

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