Kohlberg`s Theory of Moral Development Student`s

Kohlberg’sTheory of Moral Development

Kohlberg’sTheory of Moral Development

Mymoral decisions are somewhat different from Kohlberg’s stages. Inas much as most of them concur with his theory, quite a few areslightly different. I remember being punished by my mother and myteachers any time I did anything wrong (that is when I was betweenthe age of 2-12 years). This concurs with stage one of Kohlberg’stheory (Judith). On the other hand, there were quite a number ofpresents that I received (though not always) when I did somethinggood. When it comes to my moral decision making, I make decisions notonly regarding the moral but the law as well. I cannot go out of myown way to do something for someone else (regardless of whether theperson is close to me or not) if that something will land me introuble. Call me selfish or anything, but all I know is I don’thave to sacrifice my well-being for someone else’s. To me, it doesnot make sense at all. Normally, I do critical thinking about theoutcome of something before doing it. In this essence, I always putmyself first before anyone else. In this case, my own moral decisionsdon’t relate with all of Kohlberg’s stages.

Thetruth is at this point in my life, I make moral decisions at adifferent stage than I did when I was a bit younger. This is becausenow I think am more mature and understands between right and wrong. Iused to go out of my own way just to help others but I realized I wasjust hurting myself and putting myself in jeopardy. I remember when Iwas 9 years I had a friend whom I held so dear to me. Her parentswere on the verge of separation because they were having too manyfights. They neglected my friend almost completely. This had anegative toll on my friend’s well-being. She started dropping inacademics and most of the times she could come to school without anysnack. Since my parents only gave me snack enough for just me, I wasnever given any money to buy anything since I was too young Idecided to improvise a way of getting my friend a daily snack. I knewstealing was bad but I started taking my mom’s coins so I could buymy friend a snack.

WhenI entered college, my cousin was as well admitted in the same campusas I was. My cousin had epileptic problems so I had to watch over herwhen we were in campus most of the time. Sometimes she could misslectures whenever she had an attack. One of our tutors had said thathe will not have a ‘Make-up’ CAT for anyone who misses his CAT.My cousin and I went to him and explained to him that there is apossibility that my cousin might not do the CAT because she washaving frequent series of attacks. Nevertheless, the lecturer refusedto give my cousin a ‘make-up’ CAT. On the day of the exam she hadseveral attacks that she could not do the exam. I decided to do theexam for her without the lecturer knowing. This moral decision can berelated to Kohlberg’s stage theory of moral development by the wayI broke the rule of everyone doing their own exam. This is in stagefive of Kohlberg’s theory.


Judith,B. Think:Critical Thinking And Logic Skills For Everyday Life.(3rd Edition). New York: McGraw Hill.

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