ERIC Number: ED177073
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
The Child and World Order: Reflections on International Year of the Child. The Whole Earth Papers, No. 11.
Reflection upon childrens' rights and needs and upon society's values with regard to children has been stimulated by the United Nation's designation of 1979 as the International Year of the Child (IYC). Conflicting images related to children and childhood have emerged as a result of this increased concern with young people. These include that children are innocent victims of environmental and political policies, cherished possessions of their families, the hope of the future, and dependents who are incapable of coping on their own. In IYC-related activities, the United Nations has called attention to suffering of children from ill health and economic disadvantagement, the need for effective child advocates, the dearth of resources available for children's needs, and the lack of research on the survival and well-being of children. A world-order approach to childrens' needs would focus on assessment of the present situation, diagnosis, projection of a preferred situation (in which children would be participants rather than victims), and policy suggestions. Values stressed in this world order approach to children include peace, economic well-being, social justice, ecological balance, and participation in decision making. The conclusion is that children will benefit from society which stresses human values rather than technical and material values, provides a healthful environment, encourages social security and education for all, and offers expectation of a bright future. (DB)
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Child Welfare, Childhood Needs, Civil Liberties, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Helping Relationship, Human Dignity, Individual Power, Peace, Quality of Life, Serials, Values
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials
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