Children’s Bill Of Rights – Right to Decide Own Interests, Practices, Studies and Pursuits

The following is part of a series of articles on the rights and responsibilities of children and of families.  On our site, we’ve published a Children’s Bill Of Rights, with all of the sections in the bill.  You can take a look at The Children’s Bill of Rights

Right to decide his own interests, practices, studies and pursuits

Every child has the right to have constructive interests of his own.   Every child has the right to expect family and friends to support those interests.   Every child has the right to the time and reasonable resources that are needed to develop and practice his own interests, and to have them be considered a part of his education.   This includes interest and study in the arts, in religion, or in any particular subject.

There is a dire tendency in nearly all institutionalized forms of education to limit what a student is to study.  As an example, over the past thirty years in the United States, the emphasis in education in public schools has increasingly skewed toward science and math.  This is being promoted as an “effort to keep America competitive”, as if only science and math studies would accomplish such a thing.  This emphasis has resulted in the steady de-funding and de-emphasis of arts programs, and many elective programs.

This sad restricting of “approved” studies obviously will not and does not align with a large number of student’s interests and needs.  We’re not all born to… Read Entire Article…

2 comments for “Children’s Bill Of Rights – Right to Decide Own Interests, Practices, Studies and Pursuits

  1. Cere Daniel
    September 7, 2012 at 3:24 am

    thanks for this wonderful a news reporter who works with one of the radio stations in Uganda and handles human rights focus. i believe this children’s bills of rights contravene some of the already existing laws mainly about the interest of the children that can make them be excessively free. they can mismanage their future. i have written this to make the policy maker think twice.
    Cere Daniel a Ugandan

  2. September 7, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Hi Cere Daniel,

    While I appreciate your kind words, I find the idea of “excessive freedom” rather disturbing. THERE IS NO SUCH THING. Sure, a kid may mismanage some step in life and then learn from it and become stronger and more able. As to mismanagement, I know of no ADULT not guilty of mismanagement at various times in his or her life. In fact, we call the process of trying things, failing, learning, trying again and succeeding both EDUCATION and LIFE. I have thought twice and twice again, and believe after teaching children for over 40 years and raising two of my own, the last 11 years as a single parent, that there is no such thing as “excessive freedom”, and nothing wrong with making mistakes so long as you learn and fix them.

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