"Growth and mastery come only to those who vigorously self-direct. Initiating, creating, doing, reflecting, freely associating, enjoying privacy—these are precisely what the structures of schooling are set up to prevent, on one pretext or another." - John Taylor Gatto, "The Underground History of American Education"

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US: Youth Rights Essay Contest

Topic: Any youth rights issue you choose to write about.
Deadline: August 15th, 2007
Prize: $500 (if and only if your entry is selected for 1st place).

Essays may be in the form of a well-researched paper, a well-reasoned persuasive argument, or an account of a personal experience. Choose one of the following topics to write about:

At Home: Behavior Modification Programs; Emancipation; Ethical Parenting; Privacy Rights; Internet Access; Parental Restrictions on Media & Entertainment; Financial Independence; Medical Decisions.

In School: Zero Tolerance; Free Expression; Drug Testing; Dress Codes and Uniforms; Academic Freedom; Due Process; Free Association; Student Journalism & Independent Publishing; Freedom of Inquiry & Belief; Student Choice; Corporal Punishment; Accelerated Learning; Homeschooling/Unschooling.

In Society: Voting Age; Curfew Laws; Drinking Age; Age Restrictions @ Concerts/Events and In Stores; Age Specific Contract Laws; Age Specific Driving Laws; Depictions of Violence in Books, Video Games, Movies, and Music; Age of Consent; Access to Sexual Information; Parental Notification Laws; Historical Perspectives on the Boundries Between Age Groups.


The contest is open to all residents of the US and it's territories. In keeping with youth rights principles, there are no age requirements/restrictions for entry.

Essays must be the original work of the entrant. All entries must be written in English. They must contain between 800 and 1600 words as measured by standard word processing programs. Citations and Bibliography (if any) are not included in the word count. No email attachments or paper copies will be accepted. All entries must be submitted as plain text in the body of an email sent to the official contest email address provided on this page.

More info here: http://oblivion.net/?page_id=9...

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