Arien C. Poole
Grand Canyon University
Curriculum, Assessment, and Methods: Social Studies
May 8, 2013
Morals and values are very often considered synonymous, but they are actually two separate concepts in sociology. It is important to understand the difference between the two as well as how they relate to each other. The society in today’s world is constantly saying that the current youth has a lack in morals and values. Many feel that this is happening due to the lack of religious rearing. While others believe that it stems from wearing down of family life, transformation of technology, intricacy of ecological issues, and/or from future shock. According to Ronald G. Helms we look to educators for guidance and advice, better to educate our students with morals and values. “Educators must face this situation and accept their responsibility for providing a method of early moral development.” (Truelove, 2009)
According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the definition for moral is the following: “a : of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior : ethical, b : expressing or teaching a conception of right behavior, c : conforming to a standard of right behavior, d : sanctioned by or operative on one's conscience or ethical judgment, e : capable of right and wrong action ” (Moral, updated) The basic definition for value judgment is an individual view about how good or bad something or someone is. There are three characteristics of morality that are: self-assessment, intentional struggle to improper thinking and actions, and moral way of thinking. (Sunal & Haas, 2011) Conflict arises when there is a difference in beliefs of what is correct moral behavior. An example would be someone from other counties and/or religious beliefs may think it is okay to treat women badly and in the United States it is not okay. Morals are the set of concepts that conform to the generally accepted...