A big challenge

To continue from last time: These are the quotes I included at the end of my handout for the ERO visitors. I’ll put the quotes themselves in bold, and add a few comments suitable to this blog.

In a country where all school-aged children are in school free of charge, for the full duration of compulsory education, the right to education may be denied or violated.

(Do you hear that? This is from the UN Special Rapporteur, not some obscure freak like me, and he’s saying that children’s right to education can be violated while they are in school.)

The core human rights standards for education include respect for freedom. The respect of parents’ freedom to educate their children according to their vision of what education should be has been part of international human rights standards since their very emergence.
(United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Statement of Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education.)

Useful to keep on file. Not that the UN means much to me, but to humanists, surely, this should be about as close as you can get to divine revelation.

Of course, I couldn’t leave out this:

18 “Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul… 19 You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 20 And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.” (Deuteronomy 11)

And from the Treaty of Waitangi -for the significance of this, please see my post “Honour the Treaty”.

Ko te Kuini o Ingarani ka wakarite ka wakaae ki nga Rangitira ki nga hapu – ki nga tangata katoa o Nu Tirani te tino rangatiratanga o o ratou wenua o ratou kainga me o ratou taonga katoa.
(Treaty of Waitangi)

Such things should constitute quite a challenge, surely, to foolish assumptions about education like the ones I pointed out in my last post. Do you think anyone will notice? Trouble is, the people who should notice don’t have to, because they have absolute power.


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