Thought of the Week - Impartial

Theme: Impartial


“I really am not going to get involved in a discussion about the legal position of the Iraq war. I am not the person to do that because I am not sufficiently impartial as a lawyer about this, because it’s a matter that is of interest to the person that I am closest to in the world.”

  • Cherie Blair


Being impartial can mean to treat everyone fairly when there is an argument or disagreement. It could mean that you listen to both sides of an argument before making a decision about what to do even though one of the people involved is your friend. To be impartial you need to put any biases or prejudices to one side.

  • Have you ever been involved in an argument that had nothing to do with you? Why did you/didn’t you get involved?
  • Do you think it’s important to treat everyone fairly? Why
  • In groups think about the following examples and how they are different when someone is being impartial compared to when they are not:
  • You come into an argument 5 minutes after it started
  • A teacher and a student disagreeing about why the students homework isn’t completed
  • A jury in court deciding on the fate of a convict
  • A referee in football making a decision about a goal