Peace & Justice Labs: A Curriculum for Moral Education
Adolescents are developmentally ready to use higher levels of moral reasoning, which has been linked to prosocial behaviors. Research by Kohlberg and others has shown that a school environment that provides a democratic climate, involves the dialogue and discussion of moral issues, and provides opportunities to rehearse moral actions enhances the moral development of its students. Based on a review and analysis of the literature, 14 common trends of moral education are identified. The Peace & Justice Academy, a Mennonite middle school and interfaith high school located in Pasadena, California, has developed monthly Peace & Justice Labs that help students think systemically about major social issues, dialogue about these issues, and become engaged in making a difference. They have been grouped into political, diversity, and environmental labs and are found to closely match the 14 common trends identified in the literature that promote moral growth. Collectively, the labs provide a model for a moral education curriculum for schools wishing to make moral education a focus of education.
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
Moral education, Curricula, Ethics