Sunday, November 21, 2010

On Human Rights

I'm grading essays this evening, and I've come across quite a few gems. The assignment was to respond to the following prompt: "Human rights" is a term frequently used but seldom defined. What rights should belong to every human being?

Responses varied from thoughtful, to cliche, to incomprehensible, with a few WTFs thrown in. Here are some of the more entertaining musings on hobos, freedom, voting, and pleading the fifth.

"My opinion about the rights of people from a long time ago is, they should of gotten them right away instead of starting a lot of drama. Human rights belong to everybody. Except hobos. It's their fault they don't have or own anything!"

"Last but not least, every person with a soul should have freedom. Like...come on....freedom. It's a beautiful thing."

"Another important right is to vote. Voting is a way to speak your beliefs. It's a form to have a voice in the government. Remember, the people are the power."

"One human right everyone should have is the 5th ammendment. Also, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th ones. Another right is the right to bear arms. It's not our fault if people can't control thereselves." (I have a pretty good idea of what his extracurricular activities entail.)

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