Henry and Sophia Dixon are a bit surprised when their three children-sixteen-year-old Andrew, fourteen-year-old Mary, and twelve-year-old Greco-want to replace their typical evening bedtime story with a discussion of human rights principles. Henry is a math teacher, and he isn't sure he can add much to the discussions. But he is determined to help his children understand the underpinnings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Each night, the family gathers in the living room and listens as Mr. and Mrs. Dixon try to help their kids understand the world we live in today against the backdrop of human rights principles. From the Bill of Rights and other constitutional amendments to national and world politics, the lessons the Dixons provide explore vital elements in the formation and the running of the United States. Using a wide array of examples, Henry and Sophia present the human rights principles, their benefits, and their inherent pitfalls to their eager audience.
Through the interactions of the fictional Dixon family, The Mirage of Human Rights presents an in-depth study-an historical outline of the evolution of and development of human beings' God-given rights. In addition, the family's relationship serves to remind us of a time when the model family provided a stronger foundation for our developing youth.