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Stages of Moral Reasoning

Two four-year-olds are playing in a sandbox. The little boy says to the little girl, "I'll give you a pear if you take off your panties." The girl doesn't quite know what to do about that, so she goes into the house to tell her mother. Mother asks what she did when he said that, and the little girl said, "I didn't take off my panties. I just came in to tell you." Mother said that was the right thing to do, and the little girl responded, "Yes, I know. You know I don't like pears."

a. Is the story acceptable?

b. Is it offensive?

c. How does this story illustrate the stages of moral reasoning?

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Two four-year-olds are playing in a sandbox. The little boy says to the little girl, "I'll give you a pear if you take off your panties." The girl doesn't quite know what to do about that, so she goes into the house to tell her mother. Mother asks what she did when he said that, and the little girl said, "I didn't take off my panties. I just came in to tell you." Mother said that was the right thing to do, and the little girl responded, "Yes, I know. You know I don't like pears."

a. Is the story acceptable?
Yes, because this kind of situation can happen anytime and anywhere. It is reality and it can happen at times that we don't expect it. We have to be careful about these matters as we try to prevent these things from happening before it is too late. We have to educate the children on the proper ways of dealing with each other and that includes gender differences and the consequences of some actions that might lead them to problems.

b. Is it offensive?
It is offensive in a way that it can happen in society even if the boy is just four years old. Children learn from the media and technology around them and they have absorbent minds to imitate their ...

Solution Summary

The solution discusses the replies to the questions regarding a story of a four year old girl, her mother and a boy. The reason as to how the story illustrates the stages of moral reasoning is also explained. The solution also provides the stages of moral reasoning according to Kohlberg. References are provided.

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