Harvard Educational Review
  1. Winter 1973 Issue »


    During the last decade concern for children has been put increasingly in terms of children's rights: the right to adequate nutrition, health care, and comprehensive child development services, the right to education, the right to read, the rights of students, the right to treatment under the juvenile justice system. Much of the discussion has been either narrowly legal, limited to law journals, or merely strategic, urging the formation of child advocacy groups, or largely rhetorical, proclaiming the fundamental preconditions for physical and psychological development without exploring their policy implications. It has become clear that the interests of children do not always coincide with those of their parents or the state, and that there is no longer confidence that current laws and policies, which give adults wide discretion to interpret the child's best interests, always achieve beneficial ends. What has been missing is a broad notion of what is appropriately included in the consideration of children's rights and, at the same time, a more specific application of these rights to particular institutions, policies, and legislation.

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    Winter 1973 Issue


    A Statement by Senator Walter F. Mondale
    Walter F. Mondale
    Children Under the Law
    Hillary Rodham
    Amphetamines in the Treatment of Hyperkinetic Children
    Lester Grinspoon, Susan B. Singer
    Abused and Neglected Children in America
    A Study of Alternative Policies
    Richard J. Light
    Foster Care—In Whose Best Interest?
    Robert H. Mnookin
    Report Analyses
    The Massachusetts Task Force Reports: Advocacy for Children
    Peter B. Edelman
    The White House Conferences on Children
    An Historical Perspective
    Rochelle Beck
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