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More Scales to Balance

Can you balance more scales? 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 your environment?  What are they?
  1. Do you have “duties” to your environment?  What are those duties? 
  1. Enter the “privileges” you have to your family.
  1. Do you have “duties” to your family?  What are those duties? 
  1. Between privileges and duties, which requires more from you, which benefits you more?
  1. Do your scales need to be better balanced?  If so, what can you do in order to create a better balance? 

Discuss your answers with your teacher and classmates.

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Opportunities are the chance to do something, the chance at something. Rights are guarantees that are inviolable. Privileges are opportunities accorded by virtue of your identity. Opportunities have nothing to do with power and everything to do with chance. Rights require power to enforce their guarantee, but they are guaranteed equally for everyone, so there is no disparity in power. Privileges are guaranteed precisely by the difference in the power held by the privileged and the unprivileged. Duties are those things which our ethical or moral system suggest we do. The expectation of self-consistency then binds us to them. Within this framework, opportunities entail obligations, rights entail responsibilities, and privileges entail duties.


*Citizenship section select ideas derived from Citizenship, Learning to Live as Responsible Citizens, published by Good Apple, Inc.

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