Screencast #2 – Children’s Rights Essay

In order to get the best value out of this video, you’ll need to download TWO different documents.

Firstly, you’ll need to download and print out the Children’s Rights Essay Listen Along Guide. You should use this a way to embed the knowledge you’ve gained from watching the video, but also can use the handout as a succinct way of gathering and collating the data that you will need for your essays. By keeping it all in one place, it’ll be far easier to revise in the run up to the exam.

Secondly, you’ll need to download and print out the Children’s Referendum Case Study handout. This has three elements:

  • The background, terms, and outcome for the actual referendum
  • Newspaper articles summarizing the argument ‘in favour’ and ‘against’ the passage of the amendment
  • A succinct summary of the articles of the UNCRC that all Pol Soc students need to be familiar with. (Obviously, you can investigate other rights in the convention, but these are the ones that the subject ‘spec’ requires you to be familiar with…

I hope that you find the video useful. As ever, any constructive observations and criticism will be most welcome.

PLEASE bear in mind, however, that this video presents only ONE way of addressing a very complex question. It should be used in conjunction with your own investigations in class and your own independent study. It’s NOT PRESCRIPTIVE, it’s just a suggestion!  And to prove that I think it’s only one way to do it, I’ve included the PowerPoint file here, for any teachers who want to dip in and out of it, adapt it for themselves (and hopefully improve upon it!) so that you can use it to aid your students, not force them to write the essay that I happen to think is a good way to do it right at this minute.

Children’s Rights Essay Screencast PowerPoint Presentation

In many of your essays, it can be strong to go ‘beyond’ the problems that you have identified and suggest a possible solution (or range of solutions). One area where you could do this, would be by engaging with the “No Child 2020″ project from the Irish Times. This could be read, debated in class or with your friends, allowing you to extra both quantitative and qualitative data that can support your position in essays. A similar approach could be taken with the materials provided by Social Justice Ireland, which include the role of education in the 2020 election, investment in early childhood education, and Children and the SDGs.

JD (22/3/2020)