A Minnesota Human Rights Education Experience. What Are Human Rights??. Human rights are the rights a person has simply because he or she is a human being. Human rights are held by all persons equally, universally, and forever.
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life-long process by which people at all levels of development and in all strata of society learn respect for the dignity of others and the means and methods of ensuring that respect in all societies.
This is My Home is a human rights education resource for primary and secondary students, which seeks to create peaceful, effective, and fun learning environments for all to thrive in Minnesota schools. This is My Home includes model lessons for grades K-12, a unique student-centered education process, and a wide scope of additional resources for educators.
Learning Goals of the MN K-12 Human Rights Education
Human Rights Vocabulary
Human Rights Concepts/philosophies
Standards and Values within:
The UDHR, Bill of Rights, MN HR Act
And the viewpoints of others
A developmental sequence for learning human rights language, principles, skills, and practices.
A student-centered learning circle with 7 steps:
In recent studies, Minnesota has been shown:
Where, after all, do universal rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the worlds of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.
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