Somebody, two guys, actually, has taken the trouble to explore the fairness terrain in a way it can be explained to young people so that it will stay with them as they mature.
David Elkind and Freddy Sweet, of Live Wire Media/Elkind+Sweet Communications, Inc., created a website, GoodCharacter.com, that includes “lesson plans, activities, programs and resources” on the nature of fairness so it can be grasped by K-12 youngsters in a most engaging way. The site is intended for “teachers, administrators, custodians, or school bus drivers” – all those “helping to shape the character of the kids you come in contact with”. They might, of course, add parents.
A little more intense attention to the nature and necessity of fairness in daily living – fairness and the awareness thereof – would be a very good thing. Maybe in a generation or so we wouldn’t have so much insulting going on in public life, chiefly in politics.
Practicing fairness builds character and, as GoodCharacter.com notes, “The payoff for having good character is that it makes you a better person and it makes the world a better place.”
How often do you hear a salutary message like that these days? David Elkind and Freddy Sweet are to be congratulated for spreading it web-wide!