Winter 2014: The Rights of The Child in the U.S.

Rights of the Child in the U.S.

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

                                             ~Dr. Seuss, author

Every child, no matter who they are or where they live, has the right to grow up safe, happy, and healthy. Their childhoods should be filled with joy, love and nurturing. For some children, however, the reality of childhood is very different. Throughout history, the vulnerability of children has been exploited, and they have suffered from human rights violations. In 1989, the world’s leaders officially recognized the human rights of all children and young people under 18 by signing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Today the CRC is the most universally ratified human rights instrument. It sets out the rights that must be realized for children to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect, and abuse. One of the most of the most effective ways to improve knowledge of, and advance, children’s rights is to teach it in schools. This issue of Rights Sites News is dedicated to promoting the rights and well-being of children in the U.S. and around the world and supporting teachers in creating child-friendly, rights-respecting classrooms.