Moral Development Essay

592 Words Mar 17th, 2011 3 Pages
The moral development of a person’s character will have a major impact on society as a whole. If we fail to show children moral responsibility they in turn will lack the moral and ethical sense of values. The critical importance of the early years remains crucial to all later development. With all the violence and unsuitable language in film, television, and music today’s society poses an even larger threat on children. Moral functioning involves self-esteem, self-control, and altruistic behavior. It seems as if children are developing at a faster rate than previous generations. If we fail to instill morals than we may fail to produce children that have the conscience to decide what is right from what is wrong. If children grow up lacking …show more content…
I have designed an experiment that will help determine if girls are more moral than boys. Through the local elementary and junior high schools in Los Angeles, California I have found 25 girls and 25 boys that range from five to twelve years of age. All the students come from affluent neighborhoods and are from households that have married parents and they are all Caucasians. During this experiment the first thing that will be done is to divide the children up according to age and sex. The children will then view videotapes, which are the independent variable, of set-up moral scenarios and write down what they would do in that particular situation that they had viewed. The dependent variable of this experiment is the moral outcome. All the participants in this experiment are in a controlled environment. A few of the problems with this experiment are that the group of students comes from the same background, same area, and all from married parents. There is no diversity in ethnicity or culture. This experiment may not prove my hypothesis to be correct but it may help to validate whether or not this topic is promising enough to continue on with the research. If the findings are true and girls are more moral than boys we need to find out why that is. What we can do to change it. What is it that is making girls more moral? Is it society or the way that the child is raised? Many important questions will arise from this