|Author(s)||Chehlov, M. & Chehlova, Z.|
|Editor||P. Cunningham, Human Rights and Citizenship Education|
The traditional system of upbringing in Latvia, focused on the development of values, has turned out to be ineffective. Imposing moral values upon young people has resulted in their rejection and increasing lack of spirituality. The representatives of traditional pedagogy are not interested in individual experience and the inner world of children. They are still focused on the perfection of the instruments of pedagogic influence upon children in accordance with social rules, norms, and values. There is a need for changes in the system of upbringing. The old pedagogical thinking and socio-centred approach to children - “towards children with social values” – have to be replaced by new pedagogic thinking and a humanistic people-oriented approach – “with a child towards social values.” The development of life values promotes the understanding of human rights as well.