Mikhail Bakunin expressed the importance of a child’s rights when he said, "Children do not constitute anyone's property: they are neither the property of their parents nor even of society. They belong only to their own future freedom." Any person under eighteen constitutes as a child. Therefore, they are given the various rights of education, having a say in decisions of their parents concerning them, and protection from discrimination. In some situations, though, it may become apparent those birth given rights have been overlooked. In Ender’s Game, Scott Orson Card shows how easily an adult can abuse the innocence of a child and ignore their given rights when it comes to their own selfishness and convenience.
Throughout the entirety of the novel, we read as Ender experiences the loss of many of his basic rights as a child. From the watchful eyes of the International Fleet to the obvious discrimination Ender receives because of his status as a Third, his privacy and safety finds itself at risk. The first attack comes from a school bully named Stilson, and from there we read as Ender’s life is watched and put at risk from day to day. This is a direct break to Ender’s rights as not only a child, but a human being. As read in the Declaration of Human Rights, “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honor and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.” This clearly states a person’s privacy and reputation shall not be attacked or interfered with – both of which we see happen to Ender whether it be by students or the International Fleet itself.
It’s no secret that Ender is put to work during his stay at Battle and Command school, often finding himself exhausted mentally and physically. The work grows harder and more tiresome when Ender arrives to Command school, as we see here, “The days wore on, with battles every day, until at last Ender settled into the routine of the destruction of himself.” (Card 330) The teachers and administrators at the schools do not pay much attention to the physical and mental problems they are causing with their demanding battle schedules, as long as the work gets done and the battles are won. Child labor isn’t a fictional problem, it takes place all around the world – even in America. In “Child Farmworkers of America” we see that, like Ender, children working on farms all around the United States are put at risk to pesticide poisoning, heat illness, injuries, and lifelong disabilities. Their own personal safety is taken out of their hands and risked unbeknownst to them, just as Ender’s was.
Ender and the other children at Battle School can...