This term the first year students are looking at Education systems and have discussed some of these points.
What would a proper education be like?
Define a good education.
Should everyone get an education?
If someone is not educated, what are the implications?
How can we know someone is well educated?
How do you know you are educated (or will be)?
Why do we usually think education is a good, desirable thing?
-Could you be well-educated without going to school?
Is school essential for a good education?
These discussions were robust and would have made excellent debates.
Then we looked at the Depth & Complexity Tool - RULES
Students discussed what a rule is and what a rule means.
Some points made were that even though schools have rules, people choose to not live by them.
Students choose to ignore rules and break them.
We then challenged the students in groups to come up with a set of school rules designed by children for children, which will enable everyone to learn well.
Some groups also made a set of rules for teachers.
Be prepared to Find Humour!!
No whole class Punishments
No Drink Bottles in class ( due to OE- sensitive to schlurping)
Every day you get 15 minutes to stare out the window.
Every school has to have a five star buffet with a free drink every day.
Every Friday all the teachers have to dress up as something like an animal or character.
The teachers must let the pupils learn what subjects they want to.
P.E every day for 30 minutes.
Teacher Free Zones around the school.
Each class has a bus of their own.
The teachers have to buy us lunch.
Teachers wear uniforms.
Being allowed to leave the school at morning tea and lunch.
No homework ever is the best.
Free choice for passion learning each day.
BYOD allowed to be used every day for real learning that we choose.
Treat others as you would like to be treated every day, not when teachers are watching.
Teachers have to take their own cups back to the staffroom
No human pets.
No tests especially not on Fridays.
Watch You - Tube videos about Science
Learn Science every day with experiments
Hmm.... Lots to think about here!