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The Power of Hierarchies

It’s not what a hierarchy is; it’s what it does.

A hierarchy is a series of stages in which, the higher the rank, the greater the level of development. Examples of hierarchies are:

• Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

• Jean Piaget’s Hierarchy of Cognitive Development

• Lawrence Kohlberg’s Hierarchy of Moral Development

The hierarchy used in the Hierarchy of Social Development not only engenders a desire to behave at the highest level, it also is significant because of what else it does.

Four highly significant advantages are listed first. Additional advantages follow.

• The hierarchy separates the act from the actor, the deed from the doer,
irresponsible behavior from a good person.
Separation is critical; otherwise, students are defensive.… >>>