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?