The decisions of one generation both provide and limit the range of the possibilities open to the next generation.
For Grades: 9-12
Learning Goal 1
Benefits and costs of proposed choices include consequences that are long-term as well as short-term, and indirect as well as direct. The more remote the consequences of a personal or social decision, the harder it usually is to take them into account in considering alternatives. But benefits and costs may be difficult to estimate.
Learning Goal 2
In deciding among alternatives, a major question is who will receive the benefits and who (not necessarily the same people) will bear the costs.
Learning Goal 3
Social trade-offs are often generational. The cost of benefits received by one generation may fall on subsequent generations. Also, the cost of a social trade-off is sometimes borne by one generation although the benefits are enjoyed by their descendants.