Social scientists commit one or both of two errors when they present studies of morality without offering their account of what morality is. They either fail to appreciate the diversity of moral convictions or exhibit a tendency to hide their own.
It’s easy for us to believe that reasoning about moral issues is the most important aspect of morality. We spend many years in schools which typically foster an intellectual view of life, encourage us to suppress our emotions and disregard our relational and spiritual connections, keeping us focused on explicit knowledge or facts about the world. And it is true that some of our behavior is guided by the explicit decisions we make—which sweater to wear, whether to start a diet, how best to apply for a new job.
Juveniles are developmentally different than adults. As a society we get it, right? In the 1930s child labor laws were established when the Fair Labor Standards Act was passed, recognizing that juveniles are fundamentally different than working adults. They are in a state of developmental maturation which requires special safeguards because of their immaturity.
On October 10, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court heard opening arguments in the controversial Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action case in which Abigail Fisher, a white 2008 Texas public school graduate, charges that she was a victim of racial discrimination. Fisher narrowly missed out on admission to the state’s flagship institution under Texas’s Top 10% Law that guarantees admission to any Texas high school student ranked in the top 10% of her or his class.
Some responses to Tariq Modood’s Kohlberg Memorial Lecture at the 2013 AME conference, Montreal, from different regions around the world.
Nelson Mandela is gone, he died on 5 December, 2013. A day earlier the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation released its annual reconciliation barometer. Amongst its findings were that38% of white South Africans DO NOT believe Apartheid was a crime against humanity and 54% DO NOT believe that black South Africans are poor today as a result of Apartheid’s legacy.