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The Child's Right To Play, Rest, Recreation, And Cultural Activities

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This chapter presents the child's right to play, rest, recreation, and cultural activities. The United States should ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and join the rest of the international community in affirmatively showing its support for children and their rights as members of the human family. Article 31 has its roots and origin in the 1959 U.N. Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The ground for ratifying Article 31 of the Convention is fertile in the United States due to the already existent laws on compulsory education and child labor bans. While no affirmative law exists giving children the right to play, rest, recreation, leisure, and cultural activities, there are certainly U.S. policies and practices that promote these concepts, such as extra-curricular activities, little league teams, recreation centers, parks, playgrounds and amusement parks, and children's museums typically visited during school field trips.

Keywords: amusement parks; CRC; human rights; international community; United States



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