Character Development

The writings of Lawrence Kohlberg (1969) often provide a background for current character and moral education. Kohlberg delineated six stages of moral development that are followed throughout life, consisting of three levels which each contain two stages of moral development.

Level I, the Preconventional Level, occurs when moral judgments are established by the avoidance of pain or prospects of reward. Under this level are

Stage 1, Punishment/Obedience, and Stage 2, Instrumental Relativism.

Level II, the Conventional Level, occurs when moral judgments are based on belonging to a group.

Stage 3, Interpersonal Concordance, and Stage 4, Law and Order.

Level III, the Postconventional Level, occurs when moral judgments are based on an individual’s system of values. This system is based on universal ideals of empathy and justice.

Stage 5, when social contract is the basis of judgments, and Stage 6, when universal ethical principals are the basis of judgments.

Stage theories of moral development provide a means for classifying moral maturity. This is an important way of assessing moral or character development that may result from educational programs. The change in the stage of moral reasoning is the dependent measure used in this study.


One last try or when to give it up.

Haven’t written much lately. One reason; there is so much blah blah blah everyday with this internet life, what’s the use. I mean really, what’s the use? Information overload has led to a mindless journey to nowhere all the while believing you are getting somewhere.

Character and Thought wanted to bring character to the forefront in our schools and community. We had this grand idea that thru an international exemplar as a real life partner to our team along with our understanding of what it takes to produce real character, we would find a way for it to work. Did it work? Yes, but who is paying for it? It takes money and there just isn’t enough coming in to break even. Let alone, build upon our beginnings with a Character and Thought Academy! A place where philosophy and social science can be appreciated and used to grow the character in young people that could lead to a more just and empathetic society.

So, do we do one more try? Of course we carry on! Anything else would be unacceptable!

So in honor of all of those less fortunate than myself we are recommending to all of you to please purchase As A Man Thinketh, by James Allen through our website. It will be priced around $5 but is a priceless possession or gift!