Discussions on Fairness, Justice, and Equality in Middle Elementary
Middle Elementary students have recently had many serious and heartfelt discussions about fairness, justice, and equality - what these concepts mean to us personally and in our society. In one of our recent discussions we had a demonstration of the difference between equality, in which everyone gets the same thing, and justice, in which everyone gets what he or she needs. We had a large curtain held up in front of three children of differing height. At first, when everyone was on the same level, only the tallest child could see over the curtain. Next, we gave everyone an object on which to stand, which raised each child to the same level so they could all see over.