Preferences of the youth and their determining factors. A research report
Authors: Barbara Borowska
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We use the notion of axiology quite often because we live for values and it is values we constantly need. Discovery or attribution of values is based on the process of evaluation, which is an indispensable element of human life and the key aspect of being human. We may ask, then, what is values education? The most condensed yet the most profound definition was offered by Pope Saint John Paul II, who said that values education consisted in shaping one's own humanity: „Education onsists in fact in enabling man to become more man, to «be» more and not just to «have» more and consequently, through everything he «has», everything he «possesses», to «be» man more fully. For this purpose man must be able to «be more» not only «with others», but also «for others”1. The article presents reflections concerning a current and alarming phenomena, namely the crisis of values, decline of customs, alienation of the individual, the necessity of demonstrating the special role of the Polish language in the promotion of universal values and humanistic ideals among school students in the context of axiological Polish language education. Interest in the questions just indicated stems from the fact that values pertain to the fundamental principles of human existence. We treat them as a particularly important element of reality which imparts sense on human desires, hopes and expectations.