Moral Development


6. One criticism of Kohlberg’s model is that moral reasoning is culture specific. Some cultures have different sets of values, some, like the Buddhist monks, do not see justice as being an important factor in moral development, where as Kohlberg’s model seems loosely based upon this. Another criticism was that Kohlberg placed little value on family processes, and called these interactions unimportant. Developmentalists believe that parent’s moral values influence the child in developing moral thoughts.


7. The two aspects of adolescent egocentrism are the imaginary audience, and the personal fable. The imaginary audience refers to the heightened self-consciousness of adolescents that is reflected in their belief that others are as interested in them as they are in themselves. This involves attention-getting behavior, in an attempt to be noticed. The personal fable is the part of adolescent egocentrism involves the adolescent’s sense of uniqueness and invulnerability. This makes them feel like no one understands how they feel.


8. Schools should share responsibility for moral development. There are, and should always be rules in place to combat cheating, and to an extent a dress code. There are smoking and drug policies, and staff should adhere to these rules as well. It is important, especially in high schools, that the staff represent themselves well, and use good moral judgement when dealing with students, off and on the property. I believe that a child isn’t going to learn good moral behavior through schools, but they can sure learn bad moral behavior there.