Have you ever taken the time to read the "Unversal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)"?
There is an entire website dedicated to them HERE, but I have attached copies of the 30 articles of the document here if you are interested.
I have spent a great deal of time reading and researching these, not only out of personal interest, but in connection to my teaching. Because one of my classes is in the Samfundsfag (social sciences) line, I try to plan as many English lessons as possible with connection to a SS theme....hence the Human Rights research.
Today my students in 3R are not in class....they are doing Field Work (feltarbejde as we call it in Danish). Their field work is ultimately going to connect to their study of the Grapes of Wrath and the treatment of migrant farmers (particularly the Okies) in the US in the 1930s, but initially their field work is connected to these 30 articles in a project called the "Face(s) of Humanity".
I wanted to share the project because as I sit here, (knowing they are out conducting research as I type...) I am really excited to find out what data they "uncover". I asked them to choose the 5 articles that they themselves feel are most important; however several groups chose the ones that they felt might be the most controversial as they ask people in the community about them....the ones that would elicit a REACTION. (I was actually quite proud of their plan!) We complain a lot about the hatred of others spewed from the mouths of those in the Dansk Folkeparti, but this is the students' chance to see how the "common man" in the Herning community feels about the assurances granted in the UDHR.
My fear is that they will find out that some of the same attitudes of people in California in 1930 are still alive in Denmark (as they are in other places in the world) 2010. I hope not..... I hope the data tell a different story.