The purpose of a Social Contract is to keep society in order. Ways of keeping society in order are human rights, the constitution, police departments, and education in which all contributes in having a progressing society. Human rights have to be protected which are the first 13 or 14 amendments that’s states people’s rights. If humans didn’t have any rights of their own we would feel enslaved due to that we have no freedom. The Constitution contains laws that every human being has to follow unless if you live somewhere else other than the U.S. Police departments maintains society regarding the Constitution; even the police must obey the laws and their own rules. In addition, the education we take also sets examples of how we should always follow rules or laws. In classrooms we have rules that we must follow like listening to the teacher and so on.
The definition of a Social Contract and some other information is, a voluntary agreement among people defining the relationship of individuals with one another and with government and by this process forming a distinct organized society. Concern over the origin and conditions of political obligation was manifest even in the writings of philosophers and statesmen in ancient Greece and Rome. Such ideas were not systematically formulated, however, until the latter part of the 16th century, when Protestant philosophers sought a democratic principle with which to oppose the authoritarian theory of the divine right of kings. In the 17th and 18th centuries the theory of a social compact among individuals of a society was linked with the doctrine of natural law.
A setting for a social contract would be like in school, at home, basically everywhere you go which contains written and unwritten rules. At school students rights are commonly violated and yet some aren’t. For example, “articles about controversial subjects written for student newspapers are censored. Lockers and backpacks are searched without reasonable suspicion. Minority students are excessively pushed in lower track programs. Majoritarian religious practices are officially allowed by teachers and school administrators. Female students are excluded from certain extracurricular activities, and gay students are intimidated into silence. Teachers and administrators have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for the students that is conducive to learning. They also have a responsibility to respect each student’s individual rights. These two missions are not incompatible. Simply put, students have rights too (www.aclu.org).” Students rights in universities are according to (FERPA),
1) Students have the right to inspect and review their education records within 45 days of the day the University receives an appropriate request for access to those records.
2) Students have the right to request amendment of their educational record if they believe that they are inaccurate or misleading.
3) Students have a right to restrict the release of personally identifiable information contained in their education records except to the extent that FERPA permits disclosure without consent.
4) Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. In homes, parents sets rules for their kids, which are unwritten yet though you must obey your parents, so these rules they set out must be enforced. These rules mostly are doing your daily chores like fixing your bed, wash your mouth, do your homework on time, and evening chores like passing the vacuum, mopping, cooking, cleaning bathrooms or your pets.
Some rights of mine and responsibilities are that in home I can do anything I want except going against any rule that my parents set out for me. My rights in home are limited due to that I have parents, but if I owned a house then my rights would be staying up until I want, going out whenever I want, talking to whoever I want, etc… because I’m an adult. As a child I don’t have any rights to go against my parents except that they can’t eavesdrop on me due to invasion of privacy and other rules which as a teen I can use off the constitution. My responsibilities are to again to follow my parent’s rules and do my daily necessities like brushing my teeth. In school I have no rights due to that it’s all about doing your work, listening to teachers, doing my homework, passing my exams or quizzes which are really my responsibilities in school. Although, I do get some rights when I’m attending a university as I stated before.
Other people like my mom have rights to teach her children, go to work, supply food for her children, pay her bills and debts, etc… and her responsibilities are to go work everyday at her job, keep her house in shape and clean, etc… Other people like teachers, have the rights to maintain order in their classroom, teach their students, and to make sure their students are learning. Their responsibilities are to prepare students with knowledge for the future and make sure that the choices they make in school benefits students way of behaving as an independent adult in the future.
Some elements in a social contract are freedom, rules of civility, and respect for others. For freedom which is basically stated in the first 13 or 14 amendments are really our human rights. Some of these amendments consist of our rights to vote for presidency, freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom to assemble, etc… Rules of civility are really ways of respecting other people in a mannerly way. For example, some of George Washington’s “Rules of Civility” are:
- Every action in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those present.
- Turn not your back to others, especially in speaking; jog not the table or desk on which another reads or writes; lean not on anyone.
- Think before you speak, pronounce not imperfectly, nor bring out your words hastily, but orderly and distinctly.
- Undertake not what you cannot perform, but be careful to keep your promise.
An example of a Social Contract is Evergreens S.C. and Rousseau’s Philosophy. In Evergreens S.C. under Right to Privacy he states, “All members of the college community have the right to organize their personal lives and conduct according to their own values and preferences, with an appropriate respect for the rights of others to organize their lives differently. All members of the Evergreen community are entitled to privacy in the college’s offices, facilities devoted to educational programs and housing. The same right of whether extends to personal papers, confidential records and personal effects, whether maintained by the individual or by the institution.” An example of Rousseau’s Philosophy or S.C. he stated, “Man is born free but everywhere is in chains.” These quotes are important to me because one states ones privacy in a community which is needed for people in order to function well in life, I mean you don’t want to be spreading your information to many others especially important ones, and the other states that a man may be free but everywhere he goes he is chained by rules or laws to enforce.