ssignments 05-FAIR IS FAIR
STUDENT NUMBER: 32074492
The world population is 7billion .4 billion live in poverty is this OK?
I think that individually we can and should strive to eliminate poverty.
In general, children (aged 17 years and younger), black Africans, females, people from rural areas, those living in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Free State are those with little or no education and the main victims in the ongoing struggle against poverty. Growing up in poverty is one of the greatest threats to healthy childhood development.
Principle 1 Greatest Equal Liberty: Education is the basic need for every human being which can make them capable of employment, self-Employed or resource person, Entrepreneurs and professionals. If we can educate each and every children, or person we can inspire them to learn new things, innovation and creation. They should be taught about their economy and should inspire that what they need to make their economy rich. Kant makes his point clearly: according to him, the State is allowed to coerce wealthy citizens to help poor citizens to fulfil their basic needs, which one of them is Education.
Principle 2a-Equality of Fair Opportunity: Each person may have a different need in his/her life. While some yearn for success, some don’t have the most basic amenities such as a shelter or enough food to eat. But that’s not all, some people may be in need of mere affection, those who are longing to see smiles. We are lucky to be living a comfortable life. How good it will be if we try to bring smiles to those sad faces? Generosity is an easily doable exercise. We all must remember one thing that helping others is a blessing in disguise. Because when we help others to grow, we grow in the process too. It adds value and meaning to our lives.
Principle 2b-Equality of Fair Opportunity: For Rawls, an individual has a fair chance when her prospects for success in the pursuit of social positions are a function of her level of native talent and willingness to use them, and are not a function of her social class or background. Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others. Utilitarianism says we must balance several factors and firstly is the utility of wealth. Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.
The Difference in Principle: Millions of South Africans cannot afford to buy food or access healthcare, decent sanitation and other essentials of a dignified life. It is clear that poverty is driven by unemployment According to Rawls: The difference principle governs the distribution of income and wealth, positions of responsibility and power, and the social bases of self-respect. It holds that inequalities in the distribution of these goods are permissible only if they benefit the least well-off positions of society.
Veil of Ignorance: Philosopher John Rawls suggests that we should imagine we sit behind a veil of ignorance that keeps us from knowing who we are and identifying with our personal circumstances. By being ignorant of our circumstances, we can more objectively consider how societies should operate. The way our education system is constructed, at least in it’s ideal, to treat students of all ability as equally valuable, and strive for an equitable educational base regardless of social background or natural endowment, is one example.
My opinion: We have inherited a severely dysfunctional education system that was deliberately split according to race during the apartheid years. The disadvantage and inequality this created was not addressed as a matter of priority after the end of apartheid, so that today we still have only about 20% of all our schools performing at an acceptable level (mostly former model C schools) while the Majority of township schools and poorer schools continue to under-perform and suffer from overcrowding, poor facilities, poor teachers, lack of resources, incompetent management, and lack of discipline even among staff.