Is Moral Development Equally or More Important Than Educational Development?

Is Moral Development Equally or More Important Than Educational Development?

It goes without saying that being a parent is hard — all you want is for your children to grow up to be good people. This is where moral development comes in. Moral development is an important part of raising a child, but is it more important than educational development?

What is moral development?

Moral development is the ever-changing system of morals that someone develops from childhood into adulthood. It is influenced by their surroundings, environment, and experiences. Moral development occurs in the same way the educational or cognitive development occurs; in stages.

According to a man named Lawrence Kohlberg, the first stage of moral development is the pre-conventional stage, where a child’s morality is rooted in the rules and lessons taught to them by authority figures, like parents and teachers. This is an important stage for children’s development. Placing a child in an environment where their educational development thrives, will in turn have a positive effect on their moral development as well. 

The next stage Kohlberg defines is the conventional stage. In this stage a child’s moral development is tied to their relationships, personal or societal. At this stage children accept the rules of authority figures in order to maintain the relationship and societal order. The post-conventional level is the final stage of moral development. Here is where a child sees morality in a more abstract view, and believes that some laws or systems are unjust and should be changed. Kohlberg attempts to define moral development and its stages, but moral development and how it occurs and is influenced is still discussed and debated today.

Moral vs educational development

Whether you tend to agree with Kohlberg and his definition of how moral development occurs, there is no denying that the early stages of a child’s life are the most vital when laying the groundwork for strong morality. This stage is when it is the most important that children are exposed to adult figures that will influence them in positive ways. While this of course happens at home, it also happens in the classroom. Pre-school is a good introduction to both moral and education development for a child. Some schools, like religious private schools, are based in moral development.

If religion is important to you and your family, and you want it to be a large part of your child’s life, putting them in a private religious school is a good way to start their moral development in this area, as these schools focus more on that aspect of moral development than a public school would.

That being said, public schools still support moral development by teaching kids basic moral codes, like how sharing and treating others with respect is a good thing. Ultimately, whatever school you choose to put your child in, they will be introduced to the things that support healthy moral development, while also encouraging educational development, from an early age. The choice is entirely up to the parent, and their decision in what they want their child’s moral development to be rooted in. But either way, moral development is something that occurs involuntarily like educational development, and it should be nourished and encouraged in the same way because they are equally as important.

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