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Peter Birch - ME student at the Open University UK - A simple view on some power relations between children and adults

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  • Children and young people Some simple ideas on power relations between them and the world Part 1Peter Birch, MEd Student, Open University UK, p.e.birch@gmail.com
  • First of all, what are we talking about? orwho are we talking about?
  • That’s easy...
  • We are talking about this
  • Now... thisCan be...
  • This,
  • ...these,
  • or even these...
  • But anyway, we are talking about
  • UsuallyComes with
  • So who is
  • That’s easy, too is
  • Actually is the two tall ones
  • Because to beYou need one (or more)
  • By the way, in some countries can have different configurations such as... But this is a different story, isn’t it?
  • Well... configurations of are decided by
  • So ifHas something to do withThen maybeHas something to do with
  • But who is
  • Different people say different things
  • Some look at the structure and roles
  • Some look at values
  • Some look at the nature
  • Some sustain it And others contest it
  • But most would agree thatHas more power than
  • Or maybe not...
  • Anyway, we’ve got
  • Or better
  • Well... there are at least a couple missing
  • and
  • yes is
  • and
  • * is* and many more
  • So we have
  • HELP!
  • Now, let’s leave power relations aside for amoment and discuss value relations
  • Thinks thatis physically and mentally immature and needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth (UNCRC, preamble)
  • also thinks that as the fundamental group of society and the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all itsmembers and particularly children, should be affordedthe necessary protection and assistance so that it canfully assume its responsibilities within the community (UNCRC, preamble)
  • so thinks that Needs protection, provision, participation (and prevention?) should be helped to take and that its responsibilities*!* Because for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality, [the child]should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love andunderstanding. UNCRC, preamble
  • So, many Met and signed the UNCRCWhich tells all What to do with all Knowing that is responsible!
  • Isn’t that great!
  • ...
  • Ok, clear for protection and provision although one might argue that some and are not really champions in thisor have their ways of understanding protection and provision
  • But what about participation?
  • First of all not all are concerned by the UNCRC Only those under 18
  • So these are likely to be out!
  • One day in and next day out?
  • ... and what about if doesn’t agree with and wants to change the UNCRC?
  • Easy! Needs to become and propose an amendment to the United Nations** Article 50, 51 and 52 UNCRC
  • but cannot become because cannot voteor be represented by other
  • So the only way is that convincesto convince that the UNCRC should be changed
  • poor ! Always responsible!
  • Well there is another way Waits to becomeand then convinces that the UNCRC should be changed
  • But anyway... with the responsible help of Will ensure thatis brought up in the spirit of peace, dignity,tolerance, freedom, equality and solidarity (UNRCR, preamble)
  • I know what you are thinking!... some and some would do with some training in this issue of dignity, freedom, etc.
  • But that’s a different story.
  • Isn’t it?
  • Well, the truth is thatdoesn’t always agree withor withSometimes doesn’t agree with neither of them
  • Doesnt agree?!All this provision, and protection, and participation (and prevention?)! Uhmm...
  • Examples?
  • andtogether for the cultural, revolutionary renovation of ** Adults in general Cuban literacy campaign
  • andfor the change and renewal of Iran, South Africa
  • against Palestine
  • against Iran-Iraq war
  • But alsoagainst and intergenerational
  • and sometimes againstIn the struggle against or intragenerational
  • So ifParticipates in all this, is it really physically and mentally immature?
  • What do you think?
  • And what is maturity anyway? Piaget?... Vigotsky? ...to be continuedPeter Birch, MEd Student, Open University UK, p.e.birch@gmail.com