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Parents directly influence a childs morals and values through emulation of parental conduct Lickona 21 The moral guidance we offer to them is added up and imitated by what they see Coles 7 I believe that morality is the result of a triad of developmental qualities Our emotional development makes us feel guilty when we do wrong We experience social development that results in specific actions toward others and finally we gain cognitive development that permits us to empathize Our morality comes to the forefront early in childhood In elementary school a child becomes an intensely moral creature Coles 98 We develop a moral imagination a capacity to reflect upon what is right and wrong with all the emotional and intellectual resources of the human mind Coles 3 This is where we decide what we ought to do or not to do and why Coles 7 Our moral thinking is also shaped by influences outside the home by class and race by social events by cultural forces and the assumptions that are fostered as a result of these influences Coles 3 And we cultivate a moral intelligence from our imagination and our thinking Our moral intelligence is a consequence of learning to be with others Coles 5 Children will absorb what they observe Coles 7 Morality is not a subject it is a life put to the test in hundreds of moments August Aicchorn a noted psychoanalyst believed waywardness of antisocial adolescents is in direct proportion to the peculiarities of their moral education Coles 32 I feel we should remember however that although we possess these developmental qualities through emotional social and cognitive development there is no guarantee that we will become a wise contributing member of society I think that professed but insincere values are worthless We must be honest with ourselves recognizing the difference between pretended verbalized values and operational acted upon values Of course no one lives up to all
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