Being educated is a moral obligation. And I don't mean educated as in, "i'm good at math!" I mean educated in every sense of the word; knowledge about yourself, the world around you, the humanities, history, music, science, and the entire spectrum of human knowledge. And because not one person could ever hope to master all these subjects, making education into a moral obligation will help you be a student for life. That's the first reason you should think about education in moral terms.
受教育是一项道德义务。接受教育不仅仅是指"我很擅长数学!"。我想表达的是教育在每个方面的意义; 跟你有关的知识、 你周围的世界、 人文、 历史、 音乐、 科学和人类世界所有知识。因为没有一个人能够掌握所有这些学科知识，让教育成为一种道德义务将帮助你成为一个在终生学习者。这就是你需要从道德角度去思考教育的第一原因。
But what is a moral obligation? A moral obligation is the sense of personal responsibility someone feels honor-bound to perform because of their personal beliefs and values. Having a sense of moral duty arises from ideas about right and wrong. These ideas are usually shaped by your culture, family and even peer pressure. Generally, people are not legally required to donate money to children with cancer, they just do, because they believe it is the right thing to do.
I want to convince you that this calculus of doing the right thing already resides within you. To prove it to you I want to share something that happened yesterday in my physics class with two of my students; Bob and Steve. I have changed the names of the students to protect their privacy.
To the chagrin of my Physics students I actually taught a lesson yesterday and even gave them a quiz. Chagrin means, NOT HAPPY! So while my students were taking the quiz I was thinking about this speech and about how angry Mandy and Mickey would be if I didn't write it on time. So I took it upon myself to ask my students the following question: