Canada signed on to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child May 28, 1990. By signing this legally binding treaty, Canada made a promise to legally fulfill its provisions. To view Rights of the Child see http://www.unicef.org/southafrica/SAF_resources_crcchildfriendly.pdf. Our concern is that books, such as “To Train Up The Child”, by Michael and Debi Pearl (1994), are pieces of literature which violate several of the articles on the Rights of the Child (articles 12, 19, 27, 28, 37, & 39) and are permitted to be bought and sold within Canada. This book, which was written in the United States (who have not signed on to the UN Convention, along with Somalia) not only promotes child abuse, it gives specific examples on how to implement it such as using a small, 10-12 inch long, willowy branch about 1/8 inch in diameter to hit a child under the age of one year (p.50). This book has been linked to the deaths of at least 3 children (Lydia Schatz, age 7, Sean Paddock, age 4, and Hana Williams, age 13). We feel that our government needs to be reminded of Article 4 on the Rights of the Child: “The government has a responsibility to make sure your rights are protected. They must help your family to protect your rights and create an environment where you can grow and reach your potential.” We cannot take away a person’s right to freedom of speech, but this book is not even about freedom of speech and verges on discrimination. This book targets a specific group based on age, and advocates violence against them, therefore should fall under Canada’s hate-speech provisions. Please help us protect our children’s welfare by registering online for our petition and advocating for children’s rights. (To see reviews on this book, Google “To Train up the Child”).
Tracey Dufault Fierce & Jenny Schellenberg
Early Childhood Education Students
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