Justice Standards

"Justice"
Standard #1

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  • This standard  uses the words "fairness" and "justice" almost interchangeably.  

  • "Justice" should occur when rules are broken, whereas fairness is an individual opinion or perception.  

  • Neither justice or fairness can be defined as universal absolutes, so how will Waukee students be taught to recognize what is just or unjust, fair or unfair in order to meet the requirement to "recognize, describe, and distinguish" such actions?

Questions & Concerns

"Justice"
Standard #2

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  • The action statement for K-2nd states, "I know true stories about how people have been treated based on their identity," but most parents question if this is an age-appropriate requirement.

  • The action statement for 10th-12th states, “I can explain the short and long-term impact of certain words, behaviors, unjust practices and laws that act to limit the rights and freedoms of identity groups," which is impossible since no one can predict the social or psychological impact that today's decisions and actions will have on tomorrow.  

Questions & Concerns

"Justice"
Standard #3

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  • Learning about historical civil rights work and engaging in civil rights activities are two very different things. 

  • Children are easily influenced, and most parents want their children to develop emotionally before ideology is introduced -especially in class where they are graded and could feel pressured to conform.  

  • How will WCSD ensure that students are also kept safe if they're encouraged by teachers to engage in civil rights activities?

  • Does WCSD have liability if a teacher encourages civil rights activities that result in harm to a child or someone else?

Questions & Concerns