Moral competence is the ability to solve problems and conflicts on the basis of one’s moral principles through thinking and discussion, instead of through violence, deceit, and power. Unfortunately, this competence is lacking in many people, not the least in many political and economic leaders.
The results of this shortage of moral competence are twofold: on the one side, a growing number of victims of violence, deceit, and power world-wide, who leave their homes to find a better life, and, on the other side political reflexes which make these victims’ fate even worse: fences, racism, mobbing, deportation and bombing.
Obviously, the costs, in terms of money and life quality, of such morally stupid behavior are extremely high. A couple billion dollars doesn’t seem too high an estimate. Why does nobody get the idea that with a tiny fraction of the money wasted on fences, prisons, and bombs, we could build schools and train teachers and, thereby foster moral competence and reduce violence, deceit and power. Not possible? Well, I have seen many spots in the world where there is nearly no violence, deceit and power. Why should it be impossible to achieve this for the rest of the world?
OECD has calculated that the interest rate of investment in general education is much higher than any other investment. But their figures (about 8%) are based on conventional education. I believe that we could top these interest rates if we would introduce moral and democratic competence education in all schools world-wide. I believe this because I have tried it out in many countries. See my web-site: http://www.uni-konstanz.de/ag-moral/home-e.htm
I have summed up my experience and my research in my book “Moral ist lehrbar.” I am sure that the information I have documented in my book could substantially help to make a better, more peaceful world.
You say that you can’t read my book because it is not in English? Well, you can help to translate it into English by donating to my crowd-funding campaign. But hurry. It will end soon, January 24, 2016: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/make-morality-can-be-taught-available-in-english–2#/