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Balancing the Scales

"What men value in this world is [are] not rights but privileges."

H.Z. Mercker, 1956

How many scales can you balance? Think about the questions below and complete the attached worksheet by entering your answers in the text boxes provided.

  1. Do you have “privileges” in the community you live in?  What are they? 
  1. Do you have “duties” in the community you live in?  What are they?
  1. Do you have any “privileges” in school?  What are they?
  1. Do you have any “duties” to your school?  What are they? 

Discuss your answers with your teacher and classmates.


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Members within a community or project group can have different roles which give them different privileges and different duties.

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