Thought of the Week - Impartial

Theme: Impartial

Quote:

“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

Explanation:

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