February POWerful Words – FAIRNESS – Week 1

In your own words- what does “fair” mean? It isn’t always easy to figure out what’s fair since it can mean different things. Sometimes, fairness means that “everyone should get (or do) the same amount.” For example, if I bought a pizza for 8 hungry 10-year-olds and a pizza has 8 slices, I would give one slice to each person. In what other situations should everyone get or do the same amount (i.e. group project in school)? When might fairness mean that “everyone should get or do a different amount” (i.e. different ages, special needs- different amount of work)? I’m going to give you some different scenarios and you give the answer to these 2 questions: When would this be fair? and When would this be unfair? (1) You were among the first to line up for a concert. Three people arrive late and get in front of the line. You sit behind them. (2) At the dinner table, everyone receives the same amount of food. (3) Our class takes a test and one person fails. The person is allowed to retake the test. Fairness ensures that people get what is deserved, needed or appropriate.

If you have time:What would happen I taught every- one in the same way of age, experience or effort?