Rights and Responsibilities
Published by the N.C. Attorney General's office, this book
breaks down every right and responsibility that state law in N.C. dictates.
Rights and Responsibilities of Youth
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization, Paris Published by UNESCO, 1972 72 pages
Know Your Rights in Georgia
A pamphlet for youth from the Know Your Rights project of Youth
Communication in Metro Atlanta, GA, 2000.
Youth Rights [in
By Shellene Drakes for The Montreal Consortium
for Human Rights Advocacy Training in collaboration with various community
groups to put together a compilation of Quebec laws designed to help young
people know their rights.
Jon Katz, Wired Magazine
National Children's Rights Alliance Bill of Youth Rights
The LA Green Party Platform on Youth Rights
The Young Communist League Youth and Student Bill of Rights
International Planned Parenthood Federation Youth Manifesto
Declaration of the Rights of American Youth
A document written by the American Youth Congress and
presented to the United States Congress in 1936.
Interview on Youth
By Nick Aschbrenner. An interview with the seminal German Youth Rights Group Kraetzae.
South Dakota Agrees
to Respect Rights of Detained Youth
From Human Rights Watch website.
Young To Vote, But Not To Be Executed
Pacific News, 2001.
Young People's Liberation Policy
statement covers Young People's Oppression and Liberation clearly and
completely. If you are new to this topic this is the place to start.
This is the most comprehensive, clearly written document of its kind
ZNet Youth Liberation - An Interview with Brian Dominick
Explores adultarchy and the oppression of young people.
Youth Liberation - An Article
Youth Liberation of Ann Arbor: Young, Gifted and
"In Ann Arbor (MI) in the 1970's... ageism was critiqued as
an institutional force of oppression akin to racism or sexism. Kids were a hot
topic, not only because they were controlled by institutions in which they had
no say but also because they often had the energy and gumption to combat it." A
comprehensive history of a historically important organization from the 1960s
called Youth Liberation, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Student Movement and Youth Liberation in the US
By Tom Watts.
By Sven Bonnichsen. Begins on page 12.
and Youth Liberation
By Marc Siverstein.
Rights of Students (ACLU Handbook for Young People)
By American Civil Liberties Union
from Childhood: The Needs and Rights of Children
By J. Holt. (1975).
Justice for All: The Legal Rights of American Teenagers
Equal Rights for Children
Struggle for Student Rights: Tinker vs. Des Moines
Growing Without Schooling
Magazine 2269 Massachusetts
Ave.; Cambridge, MA; 02140; USA
As Soon As You're
Born, They Make You Feel Small: Self-Determination for Children
By Wendy Ayotte. A classic collection
of liberation articles for kids. From theory, to motherhood, to school, to
resistance, and beyond. A vital introduction to a largely ignored topic that
rails against child abuse, corporal punishment, gender stereotypes,
discriminatory language (ie, "childish"), lack of money, state intervention,
exclusion from work, harmful toys, school, and more.
The Abandoned Generation: Democracy
Beyond the Culture of Fear
By Henry Giroux. Corporate claws are tearing at the heart of
American youth, while the media perpetuates the demonized and alienating
perspective of youth as terrorists. Giroux exposes the effects of neoliberal
policies on young people, and calls for action from politicians, educators,
and youth. To read our full review of this book,
Channel Surfing: Racism, the Media, and the Destruction of Today's Youth
By Henry Giroux. A broad survey of the impacts of American popular culture
on the collective psyche of adults and the individual minds of young
people. Giroux illustrates the various effects of the pervasive attitudes
that are reflected in many youth programs: namely, the demonization and
alienation of young people from community.
By Mett Hern.
An anthology of essays devoted to looking at what education is and is not.
This collection condemns the contemporary school system and offers
alternatives such as home schooling, community learning and free schools.
Ends with a list of other resources on the same subject.
Liberation Handbook: How To Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education
By Grace Llewelyn.
"Your life, time, and brain should belong to you, not to an institution."
How to de-school yourself. Has details on all the issues surrounding it
including the legal implications, dealing with adults and learning once
outside school. In the final section it includes stories about what people
have done with their lives when not constrained by the educational system.
By Mary Griffin. The
very best book on the nuts and bolts of unschooling. If you are wondering
just what unschoolers do all day, get this book.
How Children Learn - by John Holt. "Children do not need to be made to
learn," Holt maintains, because each is born with what Einstein called "the
holy curiosity of inquiry." For them, learning is as natural as breathing.
How Children Learn has become a classic for parents and teachers, providing
an "effective, gentle voice of reason" (Life).
How Children Fail
By John Holt. This book has helped two generations of parents and teachers
understand what actually happens in the classroom. Holt's astute observation
of children, his clear simple style, and his lifelong conviction that we can
do better by our children make How Children Fail an enduring classic.
Learning All The
By John Holt. A look by Holt at his own life
and how he never stopped learning. His writing about learning the cello at
50 will inspire you!
Radical Approach to Education
By AS Neill. (1962).
Author Spotlight: Mike Males
For more than 15
years sociologist Mike Males has been fighting a scholarly fight
with mass media, the nonprofit youth industry, and popular
culture as he argues that "the kids are okay." His popular
books, including Framing Youth and The Scapegoat
Generation, have drawn massive attention to the demonization
of young people; they have also validated and empowered many
young peoples' intuitive understandings of the situations youth
face in mainstream society today. Following are some of his
books and articles. Professor Males makes many of his writings
available free online -
they are marked with this symbol:.
and Adult Partners at the Resource Center for
Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention. Males explores popular
misconceptions about teen sex, its causes and its consequences.
Girls in the Los Angeles Times. This article
addresses the false perceptions mainstream books and the media
are pushing about young women.
a drug czar like John Walters, who needs Osama? in Youth
Today. Males explores current policies and practices that
sacrifice honesty for government funding.
Winter of Hate in Youth Today. Males exposes the
consequences of the increasing fear of youth by juxtaposing the
media's portrayal of youth with decreasing public funding of
schools, services, and more for young people.
of age in America
in Youth Today.
"Crazed anti-youth panics
are rampant," Males states, and quickly summarizes the entire
situation facing youth today in a concise rendering of the
lessons of Margaret Mead's most poignant youth-related writing.
Kids and Guns: How Politicians, Experts and Press Fabricate Fear of Youth
“Kids and guns” is not the problem, but a diversion by a complacent,
established America that propagates demographic myths about age and race,
culture-war trivialities, and sensational scapegoating to avoid facing its
Framing Youth: 10 Myths About
The Next Generation - By Mike A. Males. A modern exploration of the
injustices youth face throughout American society.
Generation: America's War On Adolescents - By Mike A. Males
>>>Read more online
Mike Males' website.
The Child Savers: The Invention of Delinquency - By Anthony Platt.
(1969) University of Chicago Press.
Children's Rights: Towards the Liberation of the Child - By P. Adams, et al.
(1971) Praeger, New York.
Birthrights: A Bill of Rights for Children - By R. Farson.
(1974). Macmillan, New York.
The Vanishing Adolescent - By Edgar Friedenberg.
Children's Liberation - Edited by D. Gottlieb. (1973).
The Children's Rights Movement - Edited by B. Gross and R. Gross. (1977).
Handbook - By K. Hefner. (1979).
Children's Rights and the Mental Health Professions - By GP Koocher. (1976).
First Rights: A Guide to Legal Rights for Young People - By M Rae, (1979).
Children of the Counterculture - By J Rothchild and S. Wolf. (1976).
Youth Rights Library
By National Youth Rights Association.
A collection of research-based and opinion papers by authors around
the world on various topics included in youth rights.