School Voices: “Does Fair Mean Equal?” - Part 2

This month, Akiva grade 6 students grappled with the question “Does Fair Mean Equal?”. Here's what one student had to say:

Fair does not mean equal.

Rick Lavoie once said: “Fair does not mean giving every child the same thing, it means giving every child what they need.”

I absolutely agree with this quote and the statement that fair does not mean equal. For example, a child may ask to go drink water and a teacher would say no, but two minutes later, the teacher would allow another child. I think that this is okay. Maybe the first child that asked would make trouble and the teacher trusts the other child more. 1.1 billion people have no access to clean drinking water. Having to wait twenty minutes until the next recess for clean water is a problem they’d like to have. Fair means someone’s needs are not being treated how they should be, not necessarily them. In conclusion, fair does not mean equal.

By Paige Mazoff, Akiva Grade 6 student

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