Monday, February 13, 2012

The Right to Education

      Another discussion in the International Human Rights Law class made me ask an important question and add my own thoughts to it. And since you all are lucky, you get to read it!               

      What exactly does it mean to have the right to education or the right to work? I would think that the right to education entails the access to and opportunities for obtaining an education. However, it should not imply a successful completion of coursework (the right to a certain grade) or an actual degree. I am afraid that there is a misunderstanding in certain parts of the contemporary world between the idea of a right to the opportunity and access to good education and obtaining an actual degree. I do not want to make the statement that to be entitled to a right a person must perform some duties. However, if there is an access and an opportunity to obtain education, the person who does not complete the work necessary to obtain that education should not demand the degree. The right to education is the right to have education that is available, accessible, acceptable, and adaptable; it is not the right to obtain good grades by any means and receive a diploma. 
                - Krasi

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