Volume 20, Issue 3 (1991)
Children's Rights and the Educational Enterprise: Form Versus Function
David P. Prasse
Abstract: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children includes sections that set forth mandates regarding educating children in a manner that affirms the rights of children and supports education that respects and develops the dignity of children. This article reviews those sections of the Convention that bear most directly on education and the mental health of children within the educational system and critiques the status of children within that setting against the mandates of the Convention. It is argued that this nation’s laws and practices are not congruent, and our degree of compliance with the Convention mandates does not reflect a societal commitment to nurture and protect children.
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