Essay by PaperNerd ContributorCollege, Undergraduate September 2001

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"Fair "“ Having or exhibiting a disposition that is free of favoritism or bias." To be fair, sometimes, is to be cruel. Being fair doesn't always mean doing the nice thing, it means doing the right thing. Being fair requires a lot of control. When being fair, one cannot pick and choose "favorites," otherwise known as biasness. To be fair, you cannot let your feelings interfere with your decision.

My "fairness" was put to the test when given a situation (where I am the teacher) in which a good student who turns in all assignments, a poor student who has missing assignments, and a student who's printer ran out of ink all asked for a due date extension on an assignment.

In some cases the teacher would give an extension based on his or her bias. They would give all three students an extension on the due date just because their favorite, the good student who does all his work, requested it.

This may apply to some or even most of the teachers. The decision is what is known as bias, or favoritism.

If it were I in the situation of the teacher, I probably would have thought about giving an extension to the student who ran out of ink. However, the good student and the poor student did not have an adequate excuse for their homework assignment being incomplete, therefore, I would not have even thought of giving them an extension on the due date. In the end, I would probably have decided to make it due on the original date instead of giving an extension to anyone at all. I would have chosen that decision because I believe it is the least biased, and most fair to the entire class. The student whose printer ran out of...