The Trump Effect, Children, and the Value of Human Rights Education

24 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2018 Last revised: 19 Dec 2018

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Jonathan Todres

Georgia State University College of Law

Date Written: 2018


Since launching his presidential campaign, Donald Trump's rhetoric has often been divisive as well as demeaning of selected groups. This article examines the impact of Trump's rhetoric on children and their communities and explores the role that human rights education can play in responding to Trump and forging broader support for human rights. The article reviews the research on human rights education and considers how human rights education can be embedded in broader efforts to educate children. Using children's literature as a case study, the article argues for the importance of mainstreaming human rights education and meeting children where they are, in order to foster greater recognition of and respect for the rights of all individuals.

Keywords: human rights education, children's rights, human rights, Convention on the Rights of the Child, discrimination, tolerance, mainstreaming, children's literature

JEL Classification: I20, I24, K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Todres, Jonathan, The Trump Effect, Children, and the Value of Human Rights Education (2018). Family Court Review, vol 56 (2018), Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-18, Available at SSRN:

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