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We ALL Have Rights!

Posted by on November 25, 2015

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

~ Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

We had a REALLY hard time believing that there are children in the world who DO NOT have the right to go to school just like WE do.

On November 23rd we were … SILENT! WHAT … 26 grade three students SILENT … for an ENTIRE day??? That’s RIGHT! We weren’t alone, though! Our whole ENTIRE school participated in We are Silent. Thanks SO much to our Student Council for taking this initiative on. Together we ARE stronger.

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We were silent because MANY people don’t have rights in our world. Some people can’t even afford or aren’t even ALLOWED to go to SCHOOL! What? THAT can’t be right, can it? We were SHOCKED to discover that in the year 2015 there were still places in the world where people were not allowed to go to school. Some of these people can’t even speak up for their own rights.

We wondered HOW this could happen so we did some research. We discovered a LOT of things that made us sad. Did you know that some people in the world can’t go to school because of:

  • war
  • because they’re girls – WHAT?!?
  • they can’t afford it
  • their country is poor
  • natural disasters
  • there might not be any teachers to teach them
  • because their country won’t allow it
  • they might have to get married really young
  • they might be slaves
  • poor sanitation
  • they have disabilities
  • they might have to work to support their families
  • their country may have agreed to the Convention on the Rights of the Child but they don’t enforce it

While we dove into our research, trying to find out WHY so many children can’t or aren’t ALLOWED to go to school, we discovered SO many other things along the way. We talked about how women weren’t even allowed to VOTE in Alberta until 1916. If you think THAT’S bad … women in Quebec couldn’t vote until 1944! Gulp. One student even brought up his background knowledge of the Civil War and how, in the United States, people were fighting about whether it was okay to keep people as SLAVES or not. Double gulp. We even talked about the Underground Railroad!

We MAY only be eight and nine years old … but … we KNOW a LOT. And, we have OPINIONS! Thank GOODNESS we live in a country where we are free to and ENCOURAGED to express our thoughts and opinions. Thank GOODNESS we live in a country where we are ALLOWED to go to school. We know that not everyone is as lucky as we are … even in Canada.

Our silence? An entire SCHOOL’S silence? An entire WORLD’S silence? We HAVE to care. We HAVE to do something TOGETHER. After all, together we ARE strong. We KNOW that our day of silence is NOTHING like having no power to speak up for your rights. Maybe one day ONE of us, or a WHOLE bunch of us, will FIND the KEY.

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We wonder:

  • how can it BE that so many children and adults are unable to speak up for their rights?
  • what can WE do to help make a difference?
  • Our day of silence was one TINY step … have YOU taken any steps to make a difference? We’d LOVE to hear about it!

“I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”
~Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

27 Responses to We ALL Have Rights!

  1. Elise

    Hi guys
    love the post! Can we do even more reaserch?


    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Elise!

      You are QUICK tonight! I JUST hit publish! You guys worked SO hard on this post! I was proud of you for the DEEP conversations we had together! Let’s see how everyone else feels! There is SO much more we could investigate … like free trade and stuff like that!


      Mrs. Renton 🙂

  2. April

    Great post and great job everyone!! Thank you for caring about human rights!

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi April!

      Thanks for the awesome comment! Mrs. Renton told us that you have been a HUGE help with the blog over the years whenever she’s needed help! Thank you for helping her because we LOVE the blog! Human Rights are important. We are very lucky to live where we live and it’s important for us to help others who need our help whenever and however we can.We have a box FULL of nail care items and ear plugs for the Mustard Seed. Our whole school will be stuffing socks during our Celebration of Giving next week to help others. We think it’s important!

      Have a NICE day! Keep checking back!

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  3. Dave

    Hello Grade Three Bloggers – I was challenged at home to see how long I could keep silent. I did not do well. However, I am a strong believer that conversation is important to the discussion of rights. I try to make a difference within my community/city. There are many people in our city that struggle with achieving our Charter of Rights & Freedoms. i like to volunteer with groups that deal with literacy, the right to play and public speaking.

    I enjoyed reading the last 3 blog posts. They are so informative and gets me thinking of the topics.

    What surprised you about being silent?

    Looking forward to future posts.

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Dave!

      Thank you for the awesome comment! We ALSO found it challenging to keep silent! We think it’s important to learn about human rights and talk about it because a lot of people around the world can’t speak up for themselves or aren’t allowed to. We are also trying to make a difference in our community by stuffing socks for the Mustard Seed. Our school tries to help others whenever we can. We think it’s really important to have human rights and to help others.

      We are glad that you enjoyed our last three blog posts and we hope you keep checking back!

      Have a nice day!

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

      PS We wonder if you’ve attempted to make rock candy yet? 😉 And, with THAT big comment, we think you could start your OWN blog!

  4. Prasenjit

    Great learning and awareness for the kids….thanks everyone !

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Greeting Prasenjit!

      Thanks for the awesome comment! You’re welcome! You’re right … it was fun to research and learn more about rights. It was sad, too, because we discovered that many people don’t have their own rights met. We hope that changes.

      Keep checking back! Have a nice day!

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  5. Karen

    Thanks for the great post. Great job being silent!

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Karen!

      Thanks for the awesome comment! We think we DID do a great job being silent … but … it was very, VERY hard to do! It was challenging … but it was fun. It was very sad that we learned that so many people don’t have the right to go to school or to speak up for themselves and their rights. Even though WE had fun … we know it is a sad problem. We hope it changes.

      Have a nice day! Keep checking back.

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  6. Ross Mannell

    Hello everyone,

    Only this week I saw the film, “I Am Malala”, at our local cinema. Malala is a remarkable example of what one person can do when they have the will and courage to stand and speak up for something meaning a great deal to them and a positive difference in the lives of others. It is sad to say education we might take for granted as a right is not available to all, more so for girls.

    It was with the support of her family, in particular her father, she was able to speak for the education of girls despite the dangers she faced. As Malala explained, had she been in a traditional family she would have already been married with children and no chance of receiving an education. Now, Malala speaks to world leaders and encourages them to support equality in opportunity for girls and boys to receive an education.

    You were silent for those not allowed to speak. Malala speaks for those who can’t.

    Ross Mannell
    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Ross!

      Thanks for the great, long comment! We think that it was wrong that people shot Malala because they didn’t think girls should go to school but we are very happy that she survived and can still speak up for human rights.We are glad Malala speaks for those who cannot.

      Thanks for the awesome comment! We hope you keep checking back!

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  7. Debbie

    We are Daniel B’s grandparents in Arizona, USA. I can’t think of a better way to help our children recognize and appreciate the freedoms we have that so many others do not. These are rights that need to be protected. As a former teacher, I can’t thank you enough for all you do:)

    • Jamie, Evan, Matt, Carson, Daniel S and Simos (on behalf of the grade three bloggers

      Greetings Debbie!

      Thanks for the awesome comment!!! We are pretty amazed that you are visiting our blog all the way from Arizona!!! We do think all children and even some adults should have their rights. There are some countries that people have early marriage. We agree that these are rights that should be protected for every one.

      have a nice day.keep checking back.

      Jamie, Evan, Matt, Carson, Daniel S and Simos (on behalf of the grade three bloggers) 🙂

      PS Mrs. Renton says thank you for the awesome compliment! She feels like she is the lucky one, though, getting to work with inspiring students EVERY day!

  8. Irene

    Hi Grade Three Bloggers,

    It mus have been tough keeping silent for so long, but what a great way to raise awareness for and empathize with all the kids in the world who don’t have a voice. I’m really proud of you guys!


    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Irene!

      Thanks for the wonderful comment! We think it was tough to keep silent for so long … but … we were able to do it! We think that it is not right that some people don’t have the right to go to school or speak up for themselves. We wish EVERYONE in the world was as fortunate as us! Being silent at school is WAY different than being silent and not even having the right to go to school. We also think it was a good way to raise awareness. If we ALL stand together maybe we CAN make a difference.

      Have a nice day! Keep checking back!

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  9. Evan

    hi guys it is Evan

    it was cool to do we are silent keep up the amazing job! 🙂

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Evan!

      Thanks for the amazing comment! We love that some of our bloggers are leaving comments on the blog! We think that if we are all silent maybe we can change the world for the better. Wouldn’t it be nice if we COULD do that like Ordinary Mary?

      Have a nice day! Keep checking back!

      Your FELLOW Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  10. Catie

    hi guys it is Caitlin i am Evan little sister ! its sad that people do not have the rights as we do 🙁
    (p.s Evan helped xoxoxoxo 🙂 )

    • Jamie (On Behalf of the Grade Three Bloggers)

      Hi caitlin!

      Thanks for the the awesome comment!!! We are glad that you are checking out the blog!!! We agree that it is sad that some people do not have the rights that we have. We are very lucky.

      Jamie (on behalf of the grade three bloggers) 🙂

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Catie!

      Thanks for the awesome comment! We really like your comment … we think it’s really sweet that Evan had you check out our blog! We agree that it is sad that some people in the world do not have rights like we do.

      Keep checking back! Have a LOVELY day!

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  11. Shadi Ahmadi-Izadi

    What an absolutely amazing class. Mrs. Renton. You used to be my teacher in grades 1 and 2. We also used to exchange letters over the summer! In fact, I still have some! My name is Shadi Ahmadi-Izadi I have red hair, and I remember you having two guinea pigs in class, Cutie-patootie and Crystal! I don’t how I stumbled upon this but I did! I would just like to say how much of an amazing person and teacher you are. And you changed my life for the better.

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Shadi!

      I COMPLETELY remember you … as a matter of fact … when I was putting my Christmas tree up I came across a beautiful ornament you had given me with your picture on it! I remember what an AMAZING kid you were and how much I LOVED working with you!

      Thank you SO much for your wonderful compliments … it makes my heart smile to know that you loved being in my classroom. I always felt VERY blessed to work with YOU!

      I am SO glad that you stumbled upon our classroom blog! And … that you left a COMMENT!

      Keep in touch, Shadi! I hope you are loving life as much as I loved working with you!


      Mrs. Renton 🙂

  12. Catherine

    Hi guys!

    I was reading the post (and sorry for the late comment :))it was realy fun reading it ^^

    see ya` soon!
    (p.s.I forgot the G-mailnumber:()

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Cathy!

      Don’t worry about the late comment! You’re busy having adventures with your family! You are VERY close with your gmail … the number goes right after your initial and BEFORE the @!


      Mrs. Renton 🙂

  13. Riddhima

    Hi class ! I am having lots of fun in india.i loved reading the post!ipromise that I will bring back presents for everyone. Merry christmas !

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Riddhima!

      I am glad you are having a wonderful time in India! You don’t need to bring us anything back … except … TONS of pictures of your adventure! We would LOVE to learn MORE about India through YOUR eyes! Merry Christmas, Riddhima!


      Mrs. Renton 🙂

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