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…