ERIC Number: EJ837442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Doesn't Everyone Have Rights to a Learner's Permit?
Gehrig, Jody; Bazzanella, Mary Beth; Hilton, Cheri; Nassar, Nance; Peterson, Carol; White, Nancy
School Library Media Activities Monthly, v25 n9 p19-20 May 2009
The word "rights" often conjures up emotions and images and a sense of entitlement. The word "rights" might be preceded with other words such as "civil," "constitutional," or "human." Merriam-Webster defines a right as "something to which one has a just claim: as the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled." What about applying these ideas of rights to learners? Doesn't everyone have rights to a "learner's permit?" A group of innovative thinkers in Colorado recognized the opportunity and the need to address both of these issues: (1) lack of student motivation; and (2) declining skills. While pondering a vision statement to accompany the new "Standards for the 21st-Century Learner," it became clear that something was missing in the standards, the educational plans, and the accountability processes in the education system. Fundamentally, that missing item was--learner's rights. This article describes the creation of the "Learner's Bill of Rights." The journey forward of this Learner's Bill of Rights ensures that every student in Colorado and elsewhere has the right to a "learner's permit."
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Standard Setting, Policy Formation, Information Policy, Student Motivation, Study Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Bill of Rights