What’s Fair?

Understanding the concept of fairness is important for young people. From an early age, we begin to develop opinions about what is fair and what isn’t. How many times have you heard a toddler yelling, “that’s not fair” when he doesn’t get his way? As we get older, our perceptions of fairness change, but they continue to be based on personal perception. This creates many teachable moments for students. What is fair to one student may seem unfair to another. And what seems unfair to many, may offer opportunities to create school-wide, local or national change. It is important to teach children from a young age the importance of fairness in applying rules and laws, fighting for changes in rules, laws, behavior or current issues and treating others with respect and tolerance at all times.

Additional Resources

  • F is for Fair guides students through their human right to education and helps them evaluate how well the world is doing when it comes to providing a free, equal, quality education to our youth.
  • In That’s Not Fair! students experience the effects of unequal resources on student achievement, share their thoughts about educational disparities and take action to bring about change.
  • This is Our House, by Michael Rosen. George does not allow girls, twins, short people or children with glasses in his cardboard abode. But one day everybody jumps into the house when George is away. They decide to exclude people with red hair. This turn-about/fair-play action traumatizes red-haired George. He is relieved—and enlightened—when the children eventually let him enter.

Early Grades (K-2)

Upper Elementary (3-5)