Since 1889, the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science has been a leading national and international academic journal. But in promoting its most recent edition on The Child as Citizen, Special Editor and Harvard professor Felton Earls had a different audience in mind: policy makers and the voters that elect them.
The Child as Citizen suggests that the United States and other nations must give young people the opportunity to learn and practice citizenship in the same way that they invest in computers and soccer fields. The volume was also published to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child, which advances children’s fundamental rights to survival, protection and participation. The treaty has been ratified by all but two countries: The United States and Somalia.
ChildFocus partnered with American Academy of Political and Social Science and the Harvard School of Health to translate the academic tome into a series of op-eds and glossy summaries designed educate the public about the importance of teaching children to understand, practice and promote democratic principles in their lives and communities.
“If we continue to diminish the value of citizenship in our schools, playgrounds and dinner tables,” notes Dr. Earls, “we compromise the seamless values of individual rights and collective responsibilities that define our nation. And we take away the tools young people need to shape their futures.”