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The Reality of Human Rights Education within the French School System: From Paradoxical Objectives to Ways of Implementation

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This paper examines and puts forward for discussion the French approach to Human Rights Education (HRE). The intellectual conception is based on a broad humanist philosophy and intends to respect the European fundamental guidelines. But beyond ambitious objectives, the reality is quite different and HRE is somewhat reduced to a theoretical and utilitarian Citizenship dimension. Its actual implementation seems rather to consist in a series of tools enabling a struggle against school violence.
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Keywords: Council of Europe; Education for Democratic Citizenship (EDC); French School system; Human Rights Education (HRE); citizenship education; implementation of HRE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2015

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