Your Human Rights Are Protected by Law. We
can all ask for the law to help us when we are not treated fairly."
Now read the short story about this important human right.
Your Human Rights Are Protected by
Martinez is a high school English teacher. At the beginning of each
year, she asks her students to create their own classroom rules.
This year, her freshman class complains about this task.
"Mrs. Martinez," one of the girls says, "This is silly! Why do we have
to make up our own rules? Can't you just make them?"
"Sure, I can make up rules," Mrs. Martinez answers, "But the rules are
for you, not for me."
"What?" the girl says in a rude tone. "What is that supposed to mean?"
Martinez explains, "What if someone punches you? Do you want that to be
against the rules? What if someone cheats off your test? Do you want
there to be a law against that?"
The girl pauses, "I guess so."
rules are not for the teacher. They are for you. Our classroom rules
serve and protect you. They keep you safe. They protect your rights.
They allow you to focus on why you are here – to learn!"
"Wow," the girl says, "I guess I like rules and laws after all!"