Children who think critically about their rights and responsibilities are better prepared to live in a diverse community. Understanding that different views are acceptable and that we can disagree with one another respectfully are important aspects of democratic and civic engagement. There are even indications that schools where these ideas are alive and at work may observe reductions in bullying. With these objectives in mind, CCLET’s school programs help to prepare the next generation of Canadians for civic engagement by introducing students to the exploration of civil liberties and encouraging the development of democratic habits.
Since the early 1990s, CCLET has been providing free workshops, seminars, and in-class sessions to teach students about their rights and freedoms. Through full-class discussion, small-group cooperative learning, and individual critical thinking strategies, students explore social justice issues and learn to ask the kinds of questions that may not have easy answers. With resources and programming developed and delivered by certified teachers, academics, and lawyers, our program supports and fulfills curriculum expectations in many subject areas including Language Arts, Media Literacy, Social Studies, and History.
Please feel free to try these tools in your classrooms and tell us how it went; or if you have a lesson plan, book or resource of your own that you would like to share with us, please let us know!
That’s Not Fair!
As soon as children can say, “That’s Not Fair!” they are ready to talk about their rights and freedoms. That’s Not Fair! is a series developed by the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust to invite kids, ages 7 to 11, to think critically about what it means to live in a democracy.