This link gives a background of the Bill of Rights and links to get to each bill. The Bill of Rights are the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and they state that the government does not have the power to deny its people from certain entitlements such as which religion they can belong to. Some government officials thought a bill of rights was needed to protect people's liberties, while others thought it was up to each state to decide. In looking briefly at each right, we did not see any that said every citizen will have a right to public education. We chose to include this article in our curated list because it gives evidence that there is no guaranteed right to education in the Constitution.
When most students hear the word school, they immediately either groan or think about it in a negative way. It is difficult to wake up at 6 a.m., go to school for eight hours, then go home and do homework. According to the US Dept. of Education, about "70 million" children in the world who are school-age do not attend school. Many countries to not put enough money into education spending or training of teachers either because they don't think it is as important as other priorities or because the country is just too poor. For example, some places do not have enough drinkable water or farmland for their people. Women have it even worse. In some African countries girls as young as 7 are already married. This author thinks we in the US should view education as a privilege. We chose to include this article because the table shows important facts about the number of people who do NOT have access to education, and because it talks about education as a privilege.
According to this article, there is no constitutional law that says all citizens are entitled to a high-quality public education. A historian takes a position that there should be a constitutional law about it. She starts by talking about Constitution Day, which is Sept. 17 (we didn't know that!). It is a federal holiday that congress enacted in 2017, and all school students are supposed to learn something about the Constitution on that day. But the historian says many schools hardly do anything dedicated to the constitution on that day, which is a problem. Part of the problem is that not all schools provide a quality education to students meaning they might not have the resources to do a good job. She proposes that a law should be enacted that says all people have the right to a free, quality public education. We chose to include this article because it is further proof that there is no guaranteed right to an education in the Constitution. Also, the historian has a reliable reputation.
61 million children do not have access to basic education and 758 million adults in the world are illiterate because they have never got any education, according to the 2016 Global Education Monitoring. This article says that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, established in 1948, has a focus on education in Article 26 where it states that it is a human right to receive an education that will also teach human respect, tolerance, and dignity. It goes on to say that education is the way out of poverty and into a better quality of life. We chose this article because it talks about the world rather than just the US.
Education is a hallmark of civic life in America, so it’s no surprise that it’s been at the center of many landmark controversies over the years.
Education is not a privilege. It is a human right.Education as a human right means:the right to education is legally guaranteed for all without any discriminationstates have the obligation to protect,