Majority Rule; Minority Rights

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
9
10
11
12
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Fairness
Focus Question 

 What is a world citizen's responsibility to promote and advocate for justice and kindness? 

 

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Unit Overview 

In a civil society, it is everyone's responsibility to protect the rights of the minority, and this protection is often championed through political action by the nonprofit sector. It is in the enlightened self-interest of the majority to protect the rights of the minority because one day the majority will find itself in the minority. 

Service Experience 
Prepare students to eventually participate (voluntarily) in an independent sector organization that works to protect the rights of the minority.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Majority Rule; Minority Rights
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
9
10
11
12
For the American system of government to work, the majority has the power to rule and the responsibility not to trample the rights of the minority. The minority must have the right to become the majority and have its voice heard. People often blame the government without thinking that other sectors of the economy can and do play a role.