Sunday, February 8, 2015

Human Decency



At the end of Number the Stars, a letter from captured Resistance Fighter Kim Malthe-Bruun urged that people fight for a world of human decency. Decency can be defined as:

polite, ethical and honest behavior and attitudes that show respect for other people

Lois Lowry, author of Number the Stars, ends her book by hoping that her story will remind us that a world of human decency is possible. 

We have read and analyzed Number the Stars, you’ve listened to Journey to Topaz and you’ve participated in the Time of Remembrance program at the California Museum. We have studied the California Gold Rush and we’ve read about how slavery can impact people’s lives in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe. Think about the idea of human decency in all those topics. 

In this blog, give your ideas of what a world of human decency would look like. If the world has human decency, what would it be like? Give your big idea, and then support that idea with examples as details of what you think that world would be like. 

Lastly, what can you do as a citizen of your community that will allow the possibility of a world of human decency come to life, as Lois Lowry says is possible and Kim Malthe-Bruun challenged people to create? Give some ideas that you can do to make the world a decent place. Your actions need not be something on a global scale, but could even be something you can do within the community of room 15! 

Please comment on each other's posts; that shows you're thinking about each others' ideas!

82 comments:

  1. This world would be much happier and betterv if robbers would be gone, there would be no more thugs, and no cruel police. Everymorning there would be smiles on everyones faces they would be saying hello to. People would help the elderly and they would stop cussing.Best of all everyone would be happy.

    I could help my parents, brothers, and sister by washing dishes, playing with them when they are bored and helping my sister with homework. I can have good sportsminship when playing a game by saying good luck before a game and good game after the game.

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    1. I really agree with the help the elderly part since my sister and i are the only young ones in our neighborhood!

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    2. I did so many mistakes😡. I put a v after better,after the period next to best I forgot add a space, and hello to. I added two spaces then people. I should have checked over it three times not twice

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  2. When I picture a world of human decency, I see no racial prejudice, no wars, and no religious prejudice, just the world being decent. I’m not saying everything is perfect. I see Human decency as drivers paying attention to the road and get taxis when they had adult beverages and such. I see people caring for one and other but not too much. I see everybody with homes and wealth. I see respectfulness to others. I see happy, honest people and no gangsters running around town. In the end I picture the world happy and in good shape.

    What I would do to try to promote human decency is I would try to respect and care for everybody in our neighborhood. Which is mostly elderly. And I would help out somebody in my class if they needed to know how to set up a table on their webpage that they were creating. I would make ethical choices in which I would be honest about in my classroom and pretty much anywhere. Most of the time I’m doing my job and helping when I can do so, but sometimes I think about how I really can help the community be decent. I’m also in cub scouts and we do community service and try to make the world better.

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    1. I agree Matthew. There shouldn't be prejudice in the world.

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    2. I totally agree Matthew.

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    3. You have gr8 ideas in there, Matthew. I agree w/ all of them.

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  3. The way I see human decency is people treating each other the same. People will pay attention to the road when they are driving. Everyone should be honest and kind to each other and help each other. I want to see people helping the homeless and giving them money or, they could be really nice and give the homeless a home! I would want see no more gangsters going around be hoodlums and doing bad stuff around a neighborhood. Everybody in the world would have a home, car, and happiness.

    If I could help people in the neighborhood, I would be nice to everyone and not be negative to anyone in the neighborhood. I would be nice to my brother and sisters and have good sportsmanship when playing a game with them. I would clean the neighborhood to make it look nice and clean so it looks inviting. I would off something to almost, everyone in the neighborhood. And the last thing I would do is to treat everyone the same.

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    1. I never really thought about the hoodlums and gangsters in the world, and there shouldn't have been in the first place!

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  4. I know the world is never going to have this perfect picture but we could try to get human decency. Human decency to me is no gets treated differently. No racism in the world. EVERYONE is treated equally and farley. If someone were to have a trial, they should have a fare one. The judge shouldn’t say no because of there skin color or culture. Everyone should get to live there life without hesitance. No one should be treated wrong because of there race or color of there skin. No one has the right to do that, not even the president. Asians were treated like this in america for along time. Everyone should live there life healthy and happy no doubt. There are rights in our country and we are lucky so lets use our rights. We have the power to speak and we aren’t using it enough. We need to use it more. This is one of the reasons racism is still going on in our country of the United Stated. We are not speaking. Not just the adult or government, also the kids with bullying. You know how people say no to drugs? Lets say YES to human decency!




    In my neighborhood people are older. I can help them out with grocery, yard work, and many other things. In the classroom I can help Mr. LaMarr . I can help the homeless. Not be prejudice. I never have and never will be. Now I know I can't get stop starvation or anything like that, but if everyone can agree on one thing the world would be a better place. A key part to this is all of us working together. Like sports. Teamwork means working together. This is what I can do in my community to help.

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    1. I totally agree Tanner, say YES to human decency!

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    2. Your enthusiasm in the tone of your writing is great Tanner. I like your urging people to say "Yes" to human decency.

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    3. I agree with Tanner, the key is to work together

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  5. A world of human decency would look peaceful and calm with no fighting. Every human is treating each others equally and fairly by respecting each others kindly and thoughtfully. There would be no racial prejudice and no wars. I could imagine the honest and respectful people roaming around the streets with no hoodlums. There would be people caring for others in all parts of the world. I can imagine that drivers are paying attention when they are driving. I can imagine people using nice words to talk to others. A world of human decency means all has the rights to speak aloud, no mater what. Every one is happy and treating each and others nicely.
    In the beginning of the book The Adventures of Pearly Monroe, Nancy and Andrew were treated disrespectfully by the whites in the southern of the country by selling Nancy’s child, Andrew. This is an example of non-human decency. In the book Journey to Topaz, the country United States of America had treated the Japanese people unfairly and non-equally. In Number the Stars, the Jews were treated meanly and poorly by the Nazis. In the Gold Rush, the Chinese were treated cruelly by the whites. These examples will never make the world of human decency. With human decency, there would be people all over the world respecting each other. With no fighting and only respectfulness, the world should be more peaceful and calm; without people worrying about the cruelness in the world. We should all be treated equally and kindly in a world of human decency.




    To make human decency, I could respect others around me; I can also help my classmates when they need help. I could help and care for the old in my community and neighborhood as much as I can. I could help my siblings when they need help. I could help my parents by helping with their chores. I can join troops that try to make the world better with human decency. I can give money to homelessness. I can play with somebody who is angry, sad, or lonely. I can try to say nothing negative to others. Lastly, I can treat every one the same and equally.

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    1. You have clearly put a lot of thought into this Elissa. I like your ideas!

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  6. A world of human decency is a world filled with manners and politeness. It is a world where we collaborate and not tear each other down, and we all work together to make the world a better place. No one is better than anyone else. We are what we are, no one can change us, and no one should be made to feel ashamed of who they are.

    One way to allow the possibility of a world of human decency would be to watch out for others, and treat people nicely so we can all get along in peace and live in harmony. For example, if someone sees their friend or even somebody they don’t know being teased, that person should have the strength to stand up for them. If you don’t say anything, you encourage the bullies to keep on going. If you don’t think you can get them to stop, you should get a teacher or a supervisor to help. But even if you have to go in alone, get in there and help that person.

    Bullies bully others because they are trying to make themselves feel better than those they are hurting, but if you show human decency by helping the person being bullied, the bully might learn a lesson or two about human decency as well.

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    1. Great ideas, Jamie. I hope we can achieve what you have outlined.

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  7. One rule that I have learned is that people should treat others like they would like to be treated. If everyone followed this rule, the world would be a much better place. In Number the Stars, if the Nazis put themselves into Jewish people’s shoes, the Holocaust might not have even happened. In The Adventures of Pearley Monroe, Grant needed help to get out of the river; and Charles Stone jumped in the American River and came out with Grant’s alive, but limp, body. If Mr. Stone had not jumped in the river and pulled Grant’s body out, one of the main characters would have died in the first chapter. In Journey to Topaz, innocent Japanese people were put into internment camps for four years; Americans would probably not like being kept in small camps for four years.

    If everybody showed kindness to each other, any community big or small would be a better place. One community example is bullying, like the group of bullies who ruined someone’s life like the boy in Folsom. We all have a responsibility to stand up for kids being bullied. And if everyone is kind, there would be no bullies and everyone could live peacefully together.

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    1. I agree Ben it would be really nice if everybody followed that rule, and it's sad that the rule doesn't apply to some people.

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    2. I agree that if the Nazis put their selves into the Jewish people’s shoes, the Holocaust might not have even happened.

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    3. Your blog suggests empathy, Ben. Does that help create decency?

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  8. If there was human decency there would be world peace.
    If the world could achieve world peace it would be what many national heroes have dreamed of. There would be no such thing as war, not even little fights would break out. Everybody would get along, even countries that disagree on things. Instead, they would figure something out and not argue. If the world could have human decency I bet there will be world peace for all.
    -Trevor

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    1. Maybe countries could just give their thoughts about what they think is best and see if the other country like their idea?

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    2. I totally agree Trevor but Matthew had a good idea. Wouldn't countries just give there thoughts?

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    3. So, what keeps the world from having peace, then? It seems easy, doesn't it?

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  9. In a world of human decency I would see no people being mean to each other. I think this because in a world of human decency people would be more polite and they would have nice attitudes. People would treat other people nicely and there would be no wars. People won’t judge other people by their race, skin color, culture, or where they came from. And in conclusion no one would be mistreated. The world doesn’t have to be perfect, just the people have to be more nice. In the end I would see people happy everywhere.



    What I would do to make a world of human decency come true is be nice to people. If I show respect to other people they might act the same to other people. Anybody and anywhere I would try to be nice and help people and their needs. Also I would make ethical choices to help the world. I will try to do my job in helping the world to be a better place for generations to come.

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    1. I like the idea of showing respect to other people, Shaun, as then they might spread that attitude around.

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  10. I think human decency would be everyone being treated fairy. I also think if the world had human decency, there would be no wars. In the early 1940s, the Japanese did not have any human decency when they bombed Pearl Harbor and killed innocent Americans. Right now Isis does not have human decency because they are executing innocent people who are not at war with them. Human decency worldwide is probably not obtainable because of all the evil individuals in the world.



    To help achieve human decency I will try not to be mean to any one. In order to do that I won’t make other people sad by being mean to them. I won’t yell or scream at them either. I won’t give other people a reason to get mad at me. If they do get mad at me, I’ll try to find out why, and then work out a solution. To achieve human decency in the world there can not be any hatred towards anything or anyone.

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  11. I think human decency would be everyone being treated fairy. I also think if the world had human decency, there would be no wars. In the early 1940s, the Japanese did not have any human decency when they bombed Pearl Harbor and killed innocent Americans. Right now Isis does not have human decency because they are executing innocent people who are not at war with them. Human decency worldwide is probably not obtainable because of all the evil individuals in the world.



    To help achieve human decency I will try not to be mean to any one. In order to do that I won’t make other people sad by being mean to them. I won’t yell or scream at them either. I won’t give other people a reason to get mad at me. If they do get mad at me, I’ll try to find out why, and then work out a solution. To achieve human decency in the world there can not be any hatred towards anything or anyone.

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    1. i agree w/ u Hayden

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    2. I guess with so many different perspectives in the world, it's hard to get everyone to agree on what human decency is. You make good points, Hayden. I hope we can find a way to obtain human decency.

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  12. In a world of human decency, I see people helping each other. Such as people helping elders and siblings. It would also be AMAZING if everyone got along and no one argued. Everyone could help by just having a good attitude or even being polite. People woudn't judge others by their culture, race, or skin color. Anyone should have a legal and fair trial in court whatever our culture. People should treat each other how they want to be treated. We are all lucky to be in a country with freedom and the respect to speak out.



    All people know that the world will never be perfect, but everyone knows that you can help make the world or even your classroom a better place. There are a million things you can do to make the world a better place, or you could just do it at your house. ''Treat people the way you want to be treated'' is something everyone wants to do, no matter who. What I would do to make a world of human decency is to be truthful and respectful to everyone. Everyone knows that you should be respectful to adults, but being respectful to your classmates is just as needed. Being respectful to your classmates, teacher, and famly is important, but always remember to be helpful, truthful, and respectful to everybody you meet!

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    1. I think your idea of respect is a huge piece to reaching human decency. It seems so simple, doesn't it?

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  13. A world of human decency would be calm and peaceful. There would be not violence and no wars. Each and every person will treat other people how they want to be treated. In Number the Stars, the Jews of Denmark and other Jews were treated badly and poorly by the Nazis. In Journey to Topaz, the Japanese were treated unfairly by the country of the United States of America. The Chinese in the Gold Rush were treated harshly by the opposite skin color. With human decency in the world the earth would respect others.


    To make a world of human decency I would respect others that need help. I could help people at the store. I could help the neighborhood. I would help anyone who needs help. I will try to do what I can until new people come to the world.

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  14. The world would be nice if there was no one being mean to one another, or fighting with each other, or even stealing. If the world had human decency there would be people helping each other and sharing things. If the bad guys would stop being bad, the world would be a better place. If instead of fighting, people could use their words and talk with one another.




    I could help my community by being kind to others. For example, if some one spilled a glass of water I could help them clean it up. Or if some one needed help spelling a word and I knew how to spell the word, I could help them spell the word.

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    1. Good points. I 100% agree w/ U Raymond.

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    2. I'm speechless that was so good. I 1000% agree w/you.

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    3. Great ideas Raymond.

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  15. Very good points, Hayden. I totally agree w/ U

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    1. huh. i could have sworn that i was commenting on Hayden's post.

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  16. I think that a world of human decency would have no arguments. There would be no arguments between countries, no wars, and everyone would be happy every day. Also everyone would help each other.



    As a citizen of my community what I can do to help a world of human decency come to life is help and respect the others always.

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  17. In a world of human decency, people would respect one another. There would be no racism, or any kind of discrimination. People would stop committing crime of any kind, and there would be no judging based on first impressions. People would greet each other with respect, and there would be no bullying or teasing.

    The world is an imperfect place, but I can do my part in supporting human decency. I can take out the trash, do laundry, and respect my parents. I can do my best to stop a bully from picking on a kid. I could clean my room more often than I do now. I can help my parents and my sister. There are lots of things I can do to support human decency.

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    1. Ending racism and discrimination would be excellent. Do you think we can we do that globally?

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  18. If I think of a world of human decency I think of people working together. People would help each other. There would be no wars and everybody would get along. I see people using kind words. There are people making good decisions not only for themselves, but for people around them too. The world would be much happier if everybody not only thought about him or herself, but also thought about others as well.
    Many of the books we have read in class show examples of people not having human decency. In The Adventures of Pearley Monroe some white people did not treat African American people with respect. The white people could buy African Americans at auctions. They were forced to work as slaves and were beaten whenever they were thought to have done something wrong. If human decency existed no one would have been prejudice and none of that would have happened. In Number the Stars, Nazi Germany thought that Jewish people were worthless and should not exist. The Nazis put as many Jews as they could find into Concentration Camps. The Nazis were cruel and killed anybody who was in their way. If everybody had decency, then the Nazis would have threatened no one.

    To promote human decency I would help people in any way I could. I would do this by looking out for people in need. I would try to make a good difference in my community. I would not judge others on how they look or their beliefs. I would judge people on how they act. If I did this other people might do the same. Human decency could be spread around the world. Earth would be a much happier place.

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    1. I agree with you, Clara.

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    2. Your examples from our studies are excellent. You were certainly paying attention as we worked in class!

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  19. In a world with human decency, there would be no fighting. There's a lot of fighting that goes on in the world; doesn't it make a lot of people in a bad mood? Fighting causes a lot of bad things. It puts people in a bad mood, and when people are in a bad mood, they make bad choices in life. That can also be because that person who made a bad choice was going through a tough time. In a world of human decency, we wouldn't have that. In a world of human decency, I would see teenagers helping elderly people across the street and kids helping each other out on the playground at school. There are a lot of changes that would have to be made to make a world of human decency.

    There are a lot of ways I can help make a world of human decency. I can, and will, not criticize people when I am mad and hold in my temper when people criticize me. I will also be respectful to my peers. In a world of human decency, the world would be a better place.

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  20. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” That is the Golden Rule. It basically means that you should treat other people the same way that you want them to treat you. I don't think people really understand it though. All of the books that we have been reading in class this year show one group of people treating another without human decency. The Nazis in Number the Stars treated all the people of Denmark like they did not matter. They weren't just mean to the Jews, they were cruel to everyone. They killed Lise because she was helping the people that they hated. There are many people in our history that have died because they believe in human decency and want to make the world a better place. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed because he had a dream that all people would someday be equal. Human decency is something that people have been fighting for all throughout history. I think a world of human decency would be a place where families wouldn't have to lock the doors to their house. Kids could go out and play and parents wouldn't have to worry that they could get taken. People would not fight over things like water and other resources. We would just make sure everyone had what they needed to live. There would be no greedy people or jealousy. I think greed and jealousy make people do bad things. If everyone would work together we could achieve human decency. I have always heard that it takes more effort to be mean to someone than to be nice to them. I think a world of human decency would take awhile to achieve. People would need to change and that takes time. But I do think it can happen.


    To be a better person in my own life I think I would start with small stuff. I would be a better example to others. If I hold a door open for someone going into a store, maybe someone will see that do it for someone else. As 4th graders we may not realize that other kids at school look up to us. We are now in an upper grade and we can be good examples at school for younger kids. Little things like following directions and being respectful to others show that I care about other people. At home I can ask my mom if she needs help bringing the groceries in from the car. Or I could help her without asking her if she needs help.

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    1. I agree with you, Ty

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    2. Whereas the books we have read do illustrate people not being decent to one another, don't the protagonists of the story show the other perspective?Therefore, the point can be made that our books do show human decency, too.

      You have good ideas about how to achieve human decency. I hope it can happen.

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  21. I think a world of human decency would be world peace. I think that because if everyone used the golden rule “treat others the way you want to be treated” then people wouldn’t rob or murder. I think people wouldn’t rob because they wouldn’t want to get robbed themselves and they know they are treating the owner of the house or shop poorly and that is not human decency. I think there would be no murder because the murderer does not want to be treated like that. Also there would be no wars because the army leader knows that he is not being decent to humans by going and killing them.

    I think a world of human decency would be peaceful and safe. I think it would be peaceful because people would get along and talk and laugh. I think it would be safe because nobody would murder, rob, or break out in a fight. In a world of human decency there would still be mistakes and accidents but nobody would intentionally cuss or hurt each other.

    To help be a good citizen in room 15 I will help people out with anything. I will help my class with computers and webpages. Also, I will not fight or cuss at my classmates or in the neighborhood. Also, I will do kind things to people and not treat them poorly.

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  22. I picture a world of human decency with no fighting, arguing or prejudice. There would be no slavery and everybody would be free and they wouldn’t have to work for others unwillingly. Everybody would do as law said and nobody would be in trouble.


    When I heard about the Internment Camps I felt sad for them. The Japanese-Americans had to live through 2 years of their life without school, electronics, radios, and much more. I felt sad because they didn’t get a fair life like I do; they didn’t get a fair life because the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the government said the Internment Camps were for their own safety. It was partly for safety but mostly to get them out of the United States because the government thought they were spies.


    I can help by: stopping arguments, treating others with respect and kindness so then they might treat others with respect and kindness, doing as the law says, and not starting arguments. If we start doing this now the world will be a better place later.

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  23. To me, a world of human decency would be:the world would have no wars ever again. The earth would be cleaner and people of all race would be treated equally. People would not steal from other people; there would be no violence in the world ; people would speak kindly to each other,and have manors. Lastly people would be positive to themself and other people.


    I can help by picking up trash, using manors, and being kind to everyone I know. I can stay positive and help other people out. Just by doing these simple things, the world can become a better place.

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  24. A world of human decency would be a world full of respect. Respect can be shown through helpfulness, honesty, and being polite as well as being considerate. For example, in a world of human decency, people everywhere would reach out to others in need, like what the Danes did for the Jews in World War II. Such a world would not have cruelty like those shown by Nazis in Number the Stars. It would also not have prejudice and racism like in Journey to Topaz and slavery like in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe. One group of people wouldn’t think that they are superior to others and therefore act as if the others were less than human.

    No one alone can accomplish the task of making the world a world of human decency. However, everyone can contribute to make this possible, including us. I would contribute by being respectful and polite to everyone even if they were different. For people oppressed and bullied, I could help them by standing up for them. I would not help spread prejudice and racism by making mean remarks about others because they are different.

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    1. Nice job, I agree.

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    2. It takes a lot of courage to stand up to bullies and for oppressed people. Yet, that would help promote human decency.

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  25. If there was a world of human decency there would be peace. When I imagine a world peace all countries treat each other with respect. There will be no wars, no prejudice or racist people in the world; everybody will be treated equally. When I look at a world of human decency I see people being kind, caring and helpful. I think when people are being mean to others it's because they are unhappy. But other people can change that by being kind to people. After that kindness will be passed on to everybody.



    I can spread human decency by being a good citizen. I could do this by being nice to someone who is sad. Or I could help somebody if they were hurt. I could help someone cross the street. I could also help charity by donating things or doing fundraisers. I as one person can not make a world of human decency, but I can try my best to spread human decency in my classroom.

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    1. Yes, I agree with you. But people might take advantage of your fundraising skills by faking a charity and you letting him steal from you.

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    2. ^ and that would not be human decency, at all.

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    3. I like that you know you cannot make human decency occur by yourself, Julian, but if you do your part, you can make a difference in your portion of the world. If everyone did that, might we achieve human decency?

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  26. I think a world with human decency would be a world without people being mean to one another. Being nice would affect people, here is an example: people doing ballet would have a better life because teasing would not exist. No teasing includes not being miss/mister bossypants to each other. The non-mean world would be nice and people would give to the poor, run/donate to the hungry, and do smart things like staying sober.

    What I can do is be extremely nice to others, like I want to be treated. I can not nease others, and they would pass that on. If I do this, people would be happier than they are right now. I find it funny how just a kid like me can make a big difference in the world.

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    1. i really like your ideas and staying sober

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  27. In a world were human decency thrives, there would be peace and calm. Everyone has the right to human decency. The Nazis violated that right. In World War II it was hard to find human decency. However, everyone should be treated with decency and equality, be it the president or the person who lives behind Target. In the internment camps the Japanese were forced into poor living conditions. The Chineese in the gold rush were not granted equall rights as others. In The Adventures of Pearly Moroe we learnt Nancy Gooch ,a slave, payed $700 to buy back her son who had been ripped out of her armes. We learn about history so that we don’t repeat the mistakes we made.


    We would be respectful to all our pears, or we could just help out anybody who needs help. We wouldn’t be prejudace. Also we could learn about history so don’t repeat it. Whatever it is we could do something to start a world of human decency. We just have to not try to be greater by fighting we just have to earn greatness peacefully.

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  28. A world with decency would be calm, peaceful, and happy. People would be enjoying time with their old friends and new, rivalries would end with a hand shake and a smile, a sad or mad child will soon be filled with laughter because other children helped him to lift his spirits up. People who have kindness filled hearts would help the poor by giving them shelter and food, help spread love and friendship to the people in their communities, and help the sick by giving them attention and love. People will wake up to a bright and early morning hearing the beautiful songs of the birds and feeling refreshed then energized and never will there be a day of anger and sadness. School kids will welcome the new students making them feel happy, always include the lonely kids in their playful games, and stay polite to everyone, especially their teacher and friends, on the school campus. Since Valentines Day is near, people should express their care and love for their family and friends. Kindness will be everywhere you look and everywhere else you look, helpfulness will be there. In order to achieve kindness and helpfulness, you should work together with other people and in the end you have not just reached your goal, you have earned respect from yourself and others.



    What I can do for my community is that I could help my family do chores, help solve problems that are causing them to feel mad, and try to them cheer up when they are sad. At school, I could stay after school with the teacher to help clean up the classroom, include everyone who wants to play games with me, and try to cheer up kids that are unhappy. I could give my teacher a present to show the appreciation for his hard work. I could also donate money to the poor and homeless. When my family is doing something, I would work together with them and try my best to be helpful. When my family does something to just make me happy, I would use my manners to show that I appreciate what they did. Lastly, I would like to say, decency in the world is something great that I would want to see while I am alive, but I know that trying to perfect everything in the world will never be the way to earn it.

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  29. If the world had human decency, the world would never be sad. Nobody would be mean to each other and everybody would be happy. If everybody had human decency, there would be no more robbers, cursers, or fighting, so the world would be peaceful and calm. There would not be any chaos or killing if there was human decency. Maybe if everyone had human decency, no more hunger will occur. Africans would be wealthy and probably everybody in the world would be treated evenly. If human decency started when humans existed and lasted forever, no wars would happen. If everyone helped each other, there would probably not even be one homeless person in the world.

    If I had human decency, I would help the homeless by giving them money. I would try to help people if they get hurt or injured. I could do chores with my family. I would try to respect and help everyone I know that I meet. I would try to stop fights, and sometimes help my friends do homework.

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  30. To me, a world of human decency is a peaceful world where people care for each other and a world where prejudice doesn't exist. In The Adventures of Pearly Monroe the white men took Mrs. Nancy's child, Andrew, away. The white men sold Andrew to a slave owner while Mrs. Nancy worked to get her child back. In Number the Stars Nazi soldiers took many of Denmark's Jews. Also in Journey to Topaz the soldiers took all the Japanese people they could find to Internment Camps.

    The way I can Make human decency happen is by helping my parents and siblings doing their chores. Giving food and money to homeless people and last of all encourage other people to treat everyone equally.

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  31. A world of human decency would be peaceful and non-violent. Nobody would hurt or harm each other. People would be polite to each other and use manners. In Number the Stars, the German Nazi Soldiers treated the Jews of Denmark very poorly. In Journey to Topaz, the Americans treated the Japanese and Japanese-American citizens poorly, also. In the California Gold Rush, the Caucasian miners treated the Chinese, Chileans and miners of other races badly.

    To make a world of human decency, I would be polite to people and remind them do the same. I would pick up anything anyone dropped and give it to that person. To help make the world a better place, I would be respectful to others. I would treat people how I would want to be treated!

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  32. A world of human decency would be a world where people with hearts and personalities filled with peace and love would thrive, while those filled with hatred and prejudice could be changed into people with hearts and personalities filled with love and peace. There would always be peace and joy somewhere, and nobody could bear to do even a single evil deed. A world of human decency is where the sick and weak are cared and loved for, it is where nobody boasts about their unique qualities. In such a world, there would be no prejudice against race or religion. This is where the act of slavery has long gone and shall never return. Everybody has earned their possesions or bought them, nobody ever steals. No one would lie. There would be no limits to how joyous, loving, peaceful, and caring anybody could be. Everybody would be polite, ethical, and respectful to everyone - no matter who it is. Nobody would ever be unfair or unkind to one another. There would be no wars. All of this is human decency, and anybody can achieve it if they try and put effort into being a kind, loving, peaceful, and caring person.

    Some ways that I try to achieve human decency, even in a classroom, is to always be polite, respectful, and encourage kind, caring behavior. I try hard never to bicker about silly things. When people get hurt, physically or emotionally, I comfort them as best I can. I try to be kind to others, especially if they are worried about some of their own problems or difficulties. I try to be as caring as I can be, but if I accidentally do or say something offensive or rude, I apologize immediately. If I happen to borrow something from someone, I make sure I return that item as soon as I can get the chance. I always mind my manners, especially when talking to people that have earned my respect. I try to stop any disagreements, and I try to report the use of bad language. If a schoolmate needs help with homework, I do my best to help them as best I can. Even in some small community like a classroom, human decency can be established by being polite, respectful, and encouraging kind, caring behavior.

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    1. Great thoughts here, Lia. I like your final sentence as people need to know that even in a small setting, a difference can be made. I think your ideas are thoughts that can create human decency.

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  33. In a world with decency everyone would be courteous, truthful, respectful and helpful. The people in this world would always do the right thing. No one would get into car crashes because people would pay attention to the road, they would let other cars go in front of them and won’t crash into each other. There would be no violence or fighting in the world. In a world full of decent people there would be no jails or police because no one would commit any crimes. People wouldn’t judge other people by their looks or the color of their skin or their different religion. We would all work together if we all had decency. The government wouldn’t have to come up with any rules or policies because we would all do the right thing - always.
    In Number the Stars the Nazi soldiers were not decent people. They were very disrespectful to the Jewish people. They were killing Jewish people because they had a different skin, color of their hair and of their eyes. In Journey to Topaz the Americans were treating the Japanese people very unfairly by locking them up in internment camps. In the California Gold Rush the Chinese people didn’t get the same treatment as the white people.
    These are some things I can do to help the world have decency. I can comfort the people who feel sad or lonely in a bad situation. I can help my family with the chores that need to be done around the house a little more. I can also give the homeless people some food or money. I should respect the elderly or my guardians that help me. In Room 15 I can help a classmate understand something they don’t understand. I can also pick something up if another classmate drops it. If we all try to get along and not judge people because they are different, the world will become more decent place.

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    1. Great ideas for a decent world, Sierra. I hope we can achieve your thoughts!

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  34. Human decency, to me, is treating all people equally, with respect, and with dignity. The core of Kim Malthe-Bruun’s letter cuts to discrimination. Had there been worldwide human decency during the time of World War II, many horrible atrocities would never had occurred. So many people could have been spared from death. By respecting cultural differences, people would demonstrate human decency. Treating others with dignity allows people like the Rosens to walk to Uncle Henrik’s boat with pride and their heads held high. When countries do not contribute toward human decency, it is clear that other countries need to step in and try to right the wrong. That’s a lot of what World War II was about and what the countries that were involved tried to solve. It’s just like taking care of bullies on a playground except the “playground” is the world. It is a true challenge to achieve human decency around the world due to so many differing perspectives on how to live. Yet, everyone needs to try to make his or her own corner of the world full of decency.

    In trying to achieve human decency in my corner of the world, I will do my best to treat people with respect. I have never seen myself as someone who has discriminatory attitudes, but I will keep a close eye on myself to be certain that I treat people equally. I believe in honesty and honor, and in trying to attain human decency, I will act according to those values. I also believe in helping people who need it; I think that is an important part of making the world decent. People helping people spreads goodwill, and I can spend time doing that. Lastly, to help achieve human decency, I can assign fourth graders to think about what human decency is and then write about it. If they follow the amazing ideas they create, we cannot go wrong in this corner of the world!

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    1. That is a wonderful blog Mr. La Marr!

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  35. I'm sorry. I thought this was due the Monday we came back, not this past Monday.

    A world of human decency would have no starvation, no violence towards each other, equal opportunity for success, no slavery, and no places where people live in fear of being killed. A world human decency would be peaceful, a place where people don't harm each other, and people have enough to eat.

    What can I do to be more decent? I see a lot of homeless people in Sacramento. I found a source of information about homeless youths. The website is called "Wind Youth Services." Their mission is "To engage homeless youths who needs to be safe from the streets and access to resources to help them move from crisis to healthy functioning and independence." I can help in room 15 to donate food to the wind youth homeless care.

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  36. These human decency blogs are wonderful! Great job now 5th graders!

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