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Education for Human Rights: How a Refocusing of the Right to Education Can Magnify its Impact

Fukumoto, Lauren Ryoko

The majority of current human rights discussions regarding the right to education have focused on equal access to education for students around the globe, regardless of gender, socio economic status, race, or ethnicity. However, little to no attention has been paid recently to the curriculum within the right to education. It is with this disparity in mind that this thesis analyzes the aspects of the right to education that are most closely related to curriculum and highlights the human rights abuses that stem from their neglect. Beginning with a case study of the United States, the results of the neglect of the adaptability standard and the human rights purpose of education are analyzed in the form of educational challenges and subsequent human rights abuses. A holistic understanding of the right to education is then elaborated upon in an effort to showcase how a focused curriculum with an increased emphasis on the human rights purposes and aims of education can provide preventative prospects for safeguarding other human rights through education.

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Institute for the Study of Human Rights
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B.A., Columbia University
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