To register for the October 18, 2016 Workshop,
"The Rights of Children in the 21st Century",
fill out the registration form on the link below.
To hear the voices of children and adults in the Boulder Journey School community
expressing their ideas about children’s rights in the 21st century,
view our video:
Share this poster with friends, colleagues, and families to include their voices as well.
Possible questions for children:
• In your family, what kinds of choices do you make?
• When do you get to be in charge?
What do you do when you are in charge?
• What do you do without any help?
• What do you like about being a child?
• When did you have an idea that the rest of your family liked too? What was the idea?
Possible questions for adults:
• What was special about your childhood?
• What is special about childhood in the 21st century?
• What do children have the right to do today?
• In what ways are children citizens of
our community today?
An initial response from Pat Bassett, former president of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS):
Question: What are things that you see children have the right to do today?:
Answer: Children (should but often don't) have the right to a high quality education, pre-school through graduate school, that is equally accessible, affordable, and effective regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, class, sexual orientation, and gender-identity.
Question: What rights do children have in the 21st century?
Answer: The right to be educated about others, to learn to be cross-culturally competent, to know that science and religion need not be adversaries, to challenge authority, to demand basic democratic freedoms and social justice.
Question: How are children citizens of our community today?
Answer: Often they lead the way to a more just future, unless they are brainwashed to retreat back to the authoritarian past.
November 20, 1989: The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Negotiated by adult citizens around the globe, the UNCRC guarantees children civil and political as well as economic, social, and cultural rights.
School Year 2002 - 2003: As part of ongoing research into the rights of children, a school community in Colorado, USA adopted the Boulder Journey School Children’s Charter of Rights (BJSCCR). Negotiated by four-year-old citizens at Boulder Journey School, the BJSCCR guarantees children civil and political as well as economic, social, and cultural rights.
November 20, 2014: We recognized the 25th anniversary of the UNCRC. View our video celebrating this anniversary here: