The Rights of the Child

Don't be fooled by the size of the resource: these few pages provide the blueprint for a substantial, thoughtful unit on children's rights and the different philosophies and approaches that the United States and other countries have towards this complicated issue. Scholars look at articles from the Convention on the Rights of the Child and then come together to create a Venn Diagram showing how countries overlap and differ in their definition and implementation of children's rights.

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Instructional Ideas

  • For recent news from around the world on this topic, google "human rights watch children's rights"
  • Use as a springboard to discuss the issue of the age of adulthood and whether it should be raised or lowered
Classroom Considerations

  • On page three, the link to the "toolkit on the rights of the child" is broken, but the correct link is on page one
Pros

  • Clear instructions make implementation easy while still providing options
  • Gives scholars a chance not just to conduct research, but also to brainstorm their own ideas for how countries can improve how they enact children's rights
Cons

  • None