Children, young adults and John Rawls

I am currently working on an exercise for young adults and public school age children that involves exploring “the difference principle” as articulated by John Rawls in A Theory of Justice. I find this to be an especially interesting exercise as it has me thinking about how to conduct a group activity where each child/young adult has to imagine a society where the social benefits that accrue to those most well off must also improve the position of the worst off or most vulnerable. I am led to what is, for me, the inevitable question:

Do social goods like health care and public education improve the position of the most vulnerable in our society?

My answer, drawing from personal observation and experience, will have two categories: 1.) Canada. 2.) United States.

On another note, what I am interested to know is whether children & young adults find Rawls’ “difference principle” to be fundamentally fair or not. Will they find it necessary for the creation of a just society?

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If you live in London (or nearby). . . .

And are looking for something wonderful and creative to do with your young child then I highly suggest checking out the London Children’s Museum.

I routinely see children from 1-10 there and I am always struck by how stimulated the kids are by the activities and exhibits. But most of all, I love watching my twenty-one month old daughter investigate fruits and vegetables, dig dinosaur bones and play with puzzles . . . and all with a glint in her eye.

Learning is fun. Why do so many of us learn otherwise?