What Is Moral Literacy?

Moral literacy is the ability to recognize that a problem is moral in nature and to understand the varying perspectives on moral correctness. The morally literate person weighs the different responses to moral problems before communicating or demonstrating an opinion that a particular assertion is morally right.

As with other skills, moral literacy typically requires training and development. Education on moral literacy is normally included within the K-12 school system. Students listen to information about moral literacy and then apply critical thinking to scenarios involving morality to develop their skills. Theories on moral literacy come from fields such as philosophy, psychology and sociology, along with education.