# 56 Teaching Fairness
Why teach fairness? What does that have to do with school? What is it anyway?
Fairness can be described as a combination of justice, liberty, and equality. It is treating others as you would like to be treated. Children have a misnomer about Fairness. They seem to think Fairness is treating everything and everyone the same. It is not. Look at it this way: A professor is giving a lecture when a student grabs his chest and collapses with a heart attack. Equalness is the professor ignoring the student and continuing with his lecture because it wouldn't be fair to ignore the class and address the needs of one student. Fairness is treating each student according to his own need. In the example, the professor would immediately stop teaching and direct a student to call 911, and urgently ask if there is an EMT in the room to administer CPR. There is quiet movement in the room as the collapsed student takes precedent over everything else.
Does every school system get the same funding? No, because different variables cause a need for specific funds according to the school system. Does everyone live in an affluent city? No, because taxes are very high in these types of cities, and most people can not afford to live in these areas.
Is life fair? No, unless you are lucky enough to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth. Some people are born into welfare families while others are born into wealthy families. Some people are born with all their needs being met while others struggle. The best thing you can do is to make the best out of what you have. Work as hard as you can while being fair to others. As soon as you are able to work, put 20 percent aside for future needs, which include paying your mortgage off as soon as possible. Suppose you win the lottery? Be a good person and help out your family and friends. Pick a goal and decide how you can improve life for other's in just one area. Ask those you have helped to pay it forward. When you need help, ask. When you are able to help, do so without being asked. Pick a career you love and work hard at it. This includes working hard while in school or university. Learn as much as you can and put forth as much effort as you are able. Set a good example for others, and try to outdo yourself. Do not allow your own family to take a back seat while you spend all your own quality time with your job. It is great to provide for your family, but you can't allow quality time slide by as you give all your attention elsewhere. Figure out your own priorities, and work on achieving them. It is good to share these priorities with your family and see how they connect. Does your family want the same things?
Just because life is not fair should not take away your happiness. Press Onward!