"That's not fair!"
How often have you heard that one? I know that I have-as a parent and an educator. A sense of fairness and justice is something that develops in children at a young age and stays with them throughout their lives. When they are very young, what is fair is often dependent on what the child wants. As they grow older, children start to develop a more sophisticated, nuanced way of understanding fairness. And some of the way in which they evaluate the righteousness of a situation is through the lens of culture. The following article explains how children develop a sense of fairness. It appears that some aspects of fairness are universal while others depend on where a child is raised. For more information about what fairness actually looks like in the brain and what regions are activated during a game regarding fairness, check out this article.
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Dr. Sweeney is a licensed school psychologist and cultural competence expert. Here are her musings on life in a multicultural world.
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