Investigating Respect
  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.
    2. Standard PCS 02. Diverse Cultures
      1. Benchmark MS.2 Describe the importance of hearing all voices in a community and respecting their right to be heard.
      2. Benchmark MS.3 Give an example of how philanthropy can transcend cultures.
  2. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.3 Identify and give examples of stewardship in cultural traditions around the world.

In this lesson, we recognize that we all have biases and privileges. It is helpful to be aware of them so we see them as part of our identity and not a reason to judge or discriminate. 

PrintOne 20-minute session

The learner will:

  • define prejudice and stereotyping and give examples.
  • name one personal privilege and one personal bias.
  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Our identity is made up of characteristics inside and out. Some are unchangeable, like our race, and some change with time or action, like our age or level of education. 

    Some characteristics give people privileges or power. Some characteristics are judged as less advantageous. Knowing about privilege helps us respect and relate to other people better. A metaphor of the wind can explain privilege: When you walk into a strong wind, you have to fight to move forward. Privilege is when you walk with the wind. You may not notice that the wind helps you move faster with little effort of your own.

  2. Discuss the following definitions:

    • prejudice: an unfavorable assumption formed without full knowledge
    • stereotype: an oversimplified opinion based on a small sample
  3. One of the ways to avoid prejudice is to be more aware of the attributes of one's own culture. When we identify our cultural traits, we realize we have a point of view that may be different from others'. This point of view may be formed by home, faith, people who surround us, and what we don't like.

  4. Discuss "How does recognizing your own culture help you show respect for others' cultures?" 

    This Wheel of Power and Privilege may be helpful.