Definition: treating all people the same according to notions of fairness and justice; not letting personal feelings bias decisions about others; giving everyone a fair chance.
Fairness is a cognitive thought that involves signature strengths of reasoning and making judgements.
Justice reasoning- which emphasizes logic and weighing principles to determine moral rights and responsibilities.
Care reasoning- which includes empathy
Compassion- the ability and willingness to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes.
There are three types of justice:
- Procedural justice- the methods used are fair.
- Distributive justice- the ultimate resolution is fair.
- Interactional justice- the treatment of individuals is fair when policies and procedures are implemented.
Encouraging and developing the virtue of fairness and justice and having it as a signature strength is something that we want our child to live by. It is shaped by their lived experience and the examples of justice they see and feel in their developing years. Ages 6-12 is the developmental phase that Maria Montessori described as developing their moral compass.
Model justice for your child if you want them to be fair and live by the tenet of “treating others the way you would like to be treated”, goes a long way to developing this signature strength as your child matures.
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