A School Bill of Rights…and how to get started

I like to send this around occasionally to remind myself how wonderful school can be if we trust and respect the children….and also to remind myself that this idea can always be thought about and transformed in a variety of ways.

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Taken from a letter from me to an educator in Chile who is going to be courageous and let the students have a voice and run things

“….Well it can be complicated, but as a start; after a few weeks of school I would go around with a clipboard and approach small groups of kids and ask them what people have the right to do at school, and what maybe they ought to get to do….and I would  write down what kids said.

At circle we would talk about what was talked about in smaller groups and about fairness, safety and respect for everyone. We looked at and talked about the US bill of rights and how it lists the “Yeses”..and that we could make one for the class so that when people visit us they would know that people don’t get punished or yelled…

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About cthebean

Educator, musician, social justice activist...and now a blogger. Children deserve unflinching support from adults.....they deserve nothing less. All kids . Everybody's kids. Everywhere.
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