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Topic: Conflicts among values and principles in American political and social life 

Behavioral Studies

 Standard 4.  Understands conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among individuals, groups, and institutions
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 7.Understands that even when the majority of people in a society agree on a social decision, the minority who disagree must be protected from oppression, just as the majority may need protection against unfair retaliation from the minority
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands that even when the majority of people in a society agree on a social decision, the minority who disagree must be protected from oppression

Civics

 Standard 13.  Understands the character of American political and social conflict and factors that tend to prevent or lower its intensity
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 1.Knows conflicts that have arisen regarding fundamental values and principles (e.g., conflicts between liberty and equality, conflicts between individual rights and the common good, conflicts between majority rule and minority rights)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that conflicts have arisen between liberty and equality
     2.Knows that conflicts have arisen between individual rights and the common good
     3.Knows that conflicts have arisen between majority rule and minority rights
     4.Knows conflicts that have arisen regarding fundamental values
     5.Knows conflicts that have arisen regarding fundamental principles
   Benchmark 2.Knows how disagreements regarding specific issues may arise between people even though the people agree on values or principles in the abstract (e.g., people may agree on the value of freedom of expression but disagree about the extent to which expression of unpopular and offensive views should be tolerated; people may agree on the value of equality but disagree about affirmative action programs)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that people may agree on the value of freedom of expression but disagree about the extent to which expression of unpopular and offensive views should be tolerated
     2.Knows that people may agree on the value of equality but disagree about affirmative action programs
     3.Knows how disagreements regarding specific issues may arise between people even though the people agree on values in the abstract
     4.Knows how disagreements regarding specific issues may arise between people even though the people agree on principles in the abstract
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Understands issues that involve conflicts among fundamental values and principles such as the conflict between liberty and authority
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands issues that involve conflicts among fundamental values and principles
     2.Understands the conflict between liberty and authority
   Benchmark 2.Knows why people may agree on values or principles in the abstract but disagree when they are applied to specific issues such as the right to life and capital punishment
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows why people may agree on values in the abstract but disagree when they are applied to specific issues
     2.Knows why people may agree on principles in the abstract but disagree when they are applied to specific issues
     3.Knows why people may agree on the right to life principle, but disagree on the issue of capital punishment