Human Rights Day

December 10 is the anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations. This document, largely a work of Eleanor Roosevelt's, was written in the wake of World War II as an attempt to lay groundwork to avoid the recurrence of the travesties of human rights that took place in that war. It is interesting to note that many of the values proclaimed in this Declaration are at the heart of a Dublin School education:

"Article 18: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; this right includes the freedom..to to manifest this...in teaching.....

Article 26: Everyone has the right to an education....Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance, and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups....

Article 27:Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits....

Article 29: Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his or her personality is possible."

This morning I shared these principles with the school as we recognized and celebrated the achievement of student who have earned Honors and High Honrs distinction for their work in the fall term. Perhaps nothing undergirds our beliefs about the purpose and power of education so much as its role in creating a world where human rights are respected and lived out in community. I would like to think that Eleanor Roosevelt would smile at Dublin School.

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