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  Children’s Rights and Power, by Mary John
Arguing that children are rarely included in debates on social accountability, freedom and autonomy and are excluded from statistics, she compares the situation of children to that of other powerless minority groups, 'silenced' because of their lack of economic force.
Children's aspirations rather than their needs shifted the emphasis to their account of their experiences and the meaning they attached to these experiences rather than having them interpreted by adults as their needs.
The series, Children in Charge, of which Mary John is the editor, concentrates on the theme of children's rights, reflecting the increasing knowledge in the area.
www.spinninglobe.net /kidsrts.htm   (1093 words)

  
 Taking Children Seriously - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Taking Children Seriously, TCS, is a worldwide parenting movement and educational philosophy based upon the idea that it is possible and desirable to raise and educate children without either doing anything to them against their will, or making them do anything against their will.
TCS advocates that parents and children work to find a common preference, a solution all parties genuinely prefer to all other candidate solutions they can think of.
The TCS philosophy was inspired by the epistemology of Karl Popper.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Taking_Children_Seriously   (270 words)

  
 Sarah Lawrence: Children's Rights and the Law
Were children not specifically deemed incapable of making most types of contract, they would simply get relief on grounds of duress in cases where adults used their greater age and power to intimidate or manipulate them.
Adults making agreements with children could minimise their risk by ensuring that the agreements were formalised by a solicitor or commissioner for oaths, who would take whatever steps were necessary to confirm that the child had received independent advice, knew what he was signing, and was fully and freely consenting.
She says that these remedies would be available “if children were subject to the same rules adults are now” or “if children were treated equally under the current legal system,” but in fact the application of several of the remedies she cites would treat children and adults differently or unequally.
www.sarahlawrence.org /Articles/Legal1.html   (14619 words)

  
 Children As Partners Annotated Bibliography
The aim of 'Globalization and Children' is to present an interdisciplinary analysis of global changes and their effects on the everyday lives of children.
Children's clubs in Nepal "appear to be both an expression of, and a promise for the advancement of democracy and children's rights." This report is a summary and recommendations of 300 children's clubs who provided information about their clubs in surveys and workshops.
The topics of research include: child labor; children living and working on the streets; children with disabilities; children in remote areas, in particular ethnic minority children; children in conflict with the law; child prostitution; and 'ordinary children'.
www.arts.ualberta.ca /childrenandwar/links_biblio.php   (7286 words)

  
 Taking children seriously | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
Many children worldwide are obliged to work, simply in order to eat.
When children are forced to leave their homes through violence or civil war, every part of their lives is turned upside down.
But in Villavicencio, Colombia, a project for displaced children is able to offer them the sort of understanding education they need.
www.guardian.co.uk /savethechildren   (299 words)

  
 The African Contexts of Children's Rights
If children are to be protected against harmful effects of work it is essential that certain kinds of work are recognised as exploitative, both in the economic sense and because of the threat to child development in the widest sense of the term.
Children's prescriptions for parental behaviour and adult behaviour in general, were surprisingly hard line : they should take 'strong measures' to ensure good child behaviour; parents should punish children, not quarrel and not get drunk; teachers also should punish children; and children should listen to their parents.
If children and youth are to be able to participate actively and positively in the democratic processes of their societies they need leadership skills, but a re-evaluation of their place in and contribution to society is also required.
www.childwatch.uio.no /cwi/projects/indicators/contexts1.html   (16865 words)

  
 Education Resources » Taking Children Seriously   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Taking Children Seriously, or sometimes simply TCS, is an educational philosophy founded by the libertarians Sarah Fitz-Claridge and David Deutsch.
It is based upon the idea that it is possible and desirable to raise and educate children without either doing anything to them against their will, or making them do anything against their will.
What distinguishes TCS parenting and education from other such philosophies is that in TCS families, instead of the parents imposing their will on their children, or self-sacrificing for their children, parents and children work together to find real solutions to any problems or disagreements they have.
www.thecatalyst.org /resource/2006/04/21/Taking-Children-Seriously   (231 words)

  
 Taking Children Seriously: Introduction to TCS Theory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Its most distinctive feature is the idea that it is both possible and desirable to bring up children entirely without doing things to them against their will, or making them do things against their will, and that they are entitled to the same rights, respect and control over their lives as adults.
TCS is an educational philosophy in the broadest sense, in that it is about the conditions under which human minds do and do not thrive, and about how people learn and how knowledge is created, and it has far-reaching implications for all relationships and for all areas of life.
It can take a number of different forms, including not just experimental testing and formal, conscious criticism in science, for example, but argument, experience and many forms of tacit/inexplicit criticism.
www.takingchildrenseriously.com /node/87   (3459 words)

  
 Taking Children Seriously   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Established in 1994 and completed in 2001, the Taking Children Seriously research programme focused on the well-being of children as a priority, stressing the importance of marriage as a stable environment to nurture children.
Changes to family law and taxation have not encouraged the institutions of marriage and the benefits of raising children, and it is more difficult today for families to survive financially under the taxation and welfare system than a generation ago.
Since the completion of the programme, aspects of the Taking Children Seriously research will continue under the new Social Foundations programme, directed by Peter Saunders, the flagship programme for social policy.
www.cis.org.au /SocialPolicy/TakingChildrenSeriously/tcshome.html   (505 words)

  
 CWI_news_publications
The primary aim of Globalization and Children is to present an interdisciplinary analysis of a diverse set of global changes and their effects on the everyday lives of children.
Globalization and Children will be an indispensable resource for practitioners and policy makers who are concerned with children and child-related issues, psychologists, sociologists, social workers, and upper-level students in anthropology, sociology, psychology, and education.
The effects of radiation on children and the fetus include various biological end-points; cancer, mutations, hereditary effects, somatic effects, etc. In a number of situations children are more readily exposed to radiation than are adults.
www.childwatch.uio.no /news/publications/index.html   (1916 words)

  
 Children & Poverty Resources   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
We see fun activities the children enjoy, along with the dangers of contagious diseases that take their toll on these children, and the preventative steps being taken.
The children of this nation are at the beginning of the long road back and look forward to the day that the sun will once again rise over Uganda.
He reveals the lives of eight American children who are struggling to cope with such issues as deteriorating families and neighborhoods, alcoholism, affluence, the uncertainties of migrant life, AIDS, racism and riots.
www.gbgm-umc.org /nillconf/CPSample.htm   (2339 words)

  
 Taking Children Seriously & the Future of Liberty   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Taking Children Seriously (TCS) is the name of an organisation I founded to promote the libertarian educational philosophy.
In a Libertarian society, it's legal to raise your children as communists – or Democrats or Republicans – or to have all sorts of debilitating hang-ups, of which the fear of freedom is a common example, or to make them unhappy by inflicting every sort of psychological cruelty.
Some Libertarians I know force their children to eat everything on their plate – presumably not on the basis that there are starving children in Africa – no doubt they have some other pseudo-justification for this viciously immoral and harmful practice, but the psychological effect upon the child is the same either way.
www.fitz-claridge.com /node/10   (4194 words)

  
 A TCS Blog
Where fans of the Taking Children Seriously educational philosophy gather to criticise their tentative conjectures on anything and whatever.
It does not take a philosopher to ask by whose authority it is that he now deems himself an authority legitimately constituted to raise up others by his rule.
The idea is to stop parents from taking children out of school for holidays during term time when it's cheaper with the excuse that this is good for their "education".
tcsblog.blogspot.com   (969 words)

  
 Genius Toiling in Obscurity: Taking Children Seriously
Its most distinctive feature is the idea that it is possible and desirable to bring up children entirely without doing things to them against their will, or making them do things against their will, and that they are entitled to the same rights, respect and control over their lives as adults.
I believe it is that last idea, that children's distress is a sign of unhealthy coercion (to clarify, all coercion is unhealthy), that gets TCS mixed up with permissive parenting in many people's minds.
The TCS people extend that idea to children's whole lives, arguing that as a culture we tend to believe that children will not become civilized members of socity unless they are coerced to do so, whereas in the TCS view children are rational beings who want to be productive and comfortable in society.
www.supenn.com /genius/000060.html   (1605 words)

  
 Taking Children Seriously
The problem is that in applying this to your children, you do to them the very thing you hated as a child – and you cause them to grow up to do the very same thing to their own children.
An argument about children's legal rights, addressing the issue of how children might be protected under the law even if their legal rights were the same as adults'.
It is often asserted (usually by school teachers) that if children are not forced to go to school or, at the very least, to study an externally-imposed curriculum, there will be big gaps in their knowledge at the end of their education.
www.takingchildrenseriously.com   (934 words)

  
 Welcome to Glenn Rhodes' school webpage
As I have been taking more and more classes in the teaching field I have been learning about styles and tactics and have had the opportunity to use these styles and tactics in the classroom.
Taking Children Seriously: “Is an educational philosophy founded by the libertarians Sarah Fitz-Claridge and David Deutsch.
What distinguishes TCS parenting and education from other such philosophies is that in TCS, instead of the parents” or teacher “imposing their will on their children, or self-sacrificing for their children, parents”, teachers “and children work together to find real solutions to any problems or disagreements they have.
www.cwu.edu /~rhodesg/index.html   (1509 words)

  
 ChildCareExchange.com - View Past EED - Taking Children's Emotions Seriously
In situations when parents do not respond at all to children's emotions or pretend not to perceive any of their tears and cries, children will experience themselves as helpless, and also as weak, inferior, and dependent.
Responding to children's emotional needs with rejection or hostility will also lead them to perceive the world as a hostile place that cannot be trusted....
To reject children because they react emotionally, will, if this happens repeatedly, have a negative impact on the development of their self-concept, particularly when they are expected to feel ashamed about their behaviour.
www.childcareexchange.com /eed/issue.php?id=613   (479 words)

  
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Since the early days of the communication field, studies of children (including adolescents) across contexts (interpersonal, families, small groups, organizations, and mass media) have appeared in the research literature.
By means of lectures and discussions that feature distinguished and rising communication scholars, we seek to draw attention to children and communication, discuss barriers to studying children, and consider how the communication field might benefit from systematically integrating children into the mainstream of theorizing, researching, teaching, and outreach.
What about graduate instruction regarding children’s communication?) The day will consist of panels and discussions of the history of children in our field, directions and potential for new lines of research, practical considerations of studying children’s and adolescents’ communication, and opportunities to learn about outreach and application of the research conducted in our discipline.
www.odu.edu /~tsocha/nca-childrens-precon.doc   (460 words)

  
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This pre-conference draws attention to children and communication, discusses barriers to studying children, and considers how the communication field might benefit from systematically integrating children into the mainstream of theorizing.
Whether you are an established scholar with a research program focusing on children and communication, or a new graduate student considering work with children, this day will help infuse your work with new enthusiasm and direction.
www.odu.edu /~tsocha/nca-children-pre-con-annc.doc   (142 words)

  
 Taking Children Seriously   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
TCS is about helping children to do what they want to do, to be who they want to be, to pursue their own ends in life instead of being treated as a means to their parents' ends.
TCS is an educational philosophy, a new style of family life, and a new view of children.
If you want to take your children seriously, you have to be able to take yourself seriously.
www.fitz-claridge.com /TCS.html   (624 words)

  
 postscript: taking care of ourselves
She talks about parenting models: Attachment Parenting and Taking Children Seriously and others, how she sees value in bits of each but each parenting modality demands too much that doesn't fit her as a mom.
And I realize--and this is where the light comes on for me--that I don't want to raise her to be someone who feels compelled to subjugate all or even most of what she is as an individual for her own children.
I guess what it all comes down to is that I want my children to see me care about and for me, because I want them to do the same for themselves when they are adults.
www.postcardsfromla.com /blog/archives/000398.html   (482 words)

  
 Letters
children and a distortion of the meaning of "respect" for a child.
Respect for children and their rights means no double standards.
And children should not be forced to be in formal situations where
www.asfar.org /zine/4th/letters.html   (479 words)

  
 Genius Toiling in Obscurity: TCS: On the other hand
David says that I failed to mention in my post on Taking Children Seriously the thing that makes TCS parents extremists.
To avoid labeling, let me re-frame that as "the point where we diverge," and this is that they seem to believe children are the rational equals of adults, and that children's choices should therefore be none of our business.
In my experience, although children are remarkable developing human beings with capacities that are often under-rated, they do not have the judgment adults have in part because they lack the experience adults have.
www.supenn.com /genius/000061.html   (836 words)

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