well it is not completely ignorant to consider ethics as a branch of philosophy, and i think the definition of ethics is philosophy of morality, where morality is roughly; defining what is wrong and right.
you could be right since i have no real idea whether 'morality and ethics' is a part of sociology and/or psychology. i always thought psychology was study of behavior, or study of how the brain works, rather than; would stealing medicine that costs 30 cents, trash to any commercial pharmacy, but capable of saving his daughter's life morally acceptable (...for example).
but yea, kohlberg was a psychologist that worked around morals and ethics.
i'm not trying to isolate certain disciplines through technicality...
in fact i have taken sociology, AND psychology (child development, physiological, and two intro to psychology class)... and the problem, if i may with pure psychology, and sociology is that they isolate themselves from everything else..
i think the reason i obsess in using the term "philosophy"-class, is because i feel as if all other "empiric" classes lack relevance. Most classes focus on memorizing terms, times, names, theories, equations, laws, etc... no? and they are very sterile facts alienated from real application.
i want people to be able to connect what they learn in psychology and sociology to their life. without , "Make sure you can list Kohlberg's 6 stages of moral development by this tuesday as well as chapter 6 and 7 will be on the quiz." at an early age, so they can actually play a role in human development.
... i feel that the school is fixated on standardization of students by teaching them everything they are required
to teach, rather than what is needed to be taught. we drain their rights by coercing them into kindergarten at 3 and never ever give them the option of doing anything else but memorize facts and forget them inevitably, until they are 22 and get a BS before they can say to themselves, "why am I even doing this?" if they ever do get the chance without being pressured to make payments, advance in work ladders, and keep up a relationship.
"There are many situations where in my personal opinion of right and wrong it is proper to break the law. there are some cases where in my understanding of morality it is imperative to break the law."
how long did it take before you were able to establish this notion and power? that you can actually break the law for a better good. to have the ability to make your own decisions based on what you believe is right, from your virtues and beliefs emanating from logic and righteousness? everyone should be able to have this notion, and it would be less detrimental if we introduce the concept of being right, over being correct at a younger age than say, 18-years-old.
I agree with your last sentence as well, children do do well when they are simply told so by their parents to the virtue of making them proud and happy. but my question is, is it wrong, producing a negative consequence if we give them the opportunity to be more aware of the situation we have built, that they have now become a part of?
what you said is exactly what my parents would say, and a part of me; rules for children, and adolescents can challenge the rules.
is it wrong to attempt to begin this process at a younger age? to may be even say catalyze the human moral development by exposure to the concepts at an earlier age.
what EXACTLY will be taught? i don't know, specific criteria that will be tailored to the children's cognitive capacity is something perhaps psychologists and sociologists will determine, for most of values and ethics really only means something if they have personally experienced it and can relate to the issue.
but i can name certain topics off the top of my head. rules, schools, work, food. i'm sure children would have innately absorbed these concepts at a very early age and i think we can fill them in on why the adults have made them that way, how we think it works, some immediate problems, past problems that have caused the system to be in such a way, what is expected of them, etc...
is there hope?