Elementary Schools Should Overt Focus On Teaching Respect And Morality

1499 Words Feb 5th, 2016 6 Pages
Yes. I believe that elementary schools should overtly focus on teaching respect and morality. It is during elementary grades that children’s sense of respect and morality starts to develop. At 5 to 8 or 9 years, Piaget’s heteronomous morality stage suggests that a child becomes a moral realist where rules he/she considers unalterable (moral absolutes) are determined by authorities and must be obeyed because violators are punished, while Kohlberg’s punishment and obedience orientation stage suggests that a child obeys rules he/she interprets literally to avoid punishment and assumes that authority is superior or right (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Although Piaget’s and Kohlberg’s beliefs vary in some other aspects, it is clear that during elementary grades, students start to make sense of what is good or bad, follow rules, respect authority, and act in accordance with appropriate social norms. Therefore, if we want our students to fully develop their character in order to become responsible citizens and to avoid contributing to social problems in the future; respect, morality, and other related principles should be taught as early as elementary grades. These conduct-related principles help students develop their thought processes, emotions, and behaviors.
Along this line, I think that formal programs related to the teaching of respect and morality should be put into place. Values education is one program that we can include in our current curricula to allow the overtly…

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