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ERIC Number: EJ826471
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
The Rights Way to Educate Children
Covell, Katherine
Education Canada, v49 n1 p54-57 Win 2009
In many educational jurisdictions, the responses to student disengagement and behaviour problems have been restrictive or punitive; they include on-site police officers, locker searches, metal detectors, and zero tolerance policies. There is little evidence that such strategies are effective in changing behaviour, attitudes, or achievement. Hampshire took a radically different approach. They decided to work toward promoting school engagement and improving the school ethos through whole school reform based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by Canada (and the United Kingdom) in 1991, describes a global consensus on the fundamental rights of children up to age 18. Under the Convention, schools are to be inclusive and respect the rights and dignity of every child. In this article, the author highlights the impact of a children's rights education project called "Rights, Respect and Responsibility" (or RRR) which she conducted in the county of Hampshire, England. With the Hampshire RRR, children are taught about their rights through their specific inclusion across the curriculum, and through their modeling in the hidden curriculum. With rights as the framework for all school policies and practices, children are provided many opportunities for meaningful participation in school and classroom functioning. By involving students in aspects of school decision-making such as class projects, lunchtime clubs, and field trips, students raised their level of engagement in school. This experience also made them more socially responsible. Positive results also extended to teachers, where the RRR program rejuvenated their classroom practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)