Look at who makes school rules, who they impact, how they are implemented and enforced, and if these rules are effective.
- Rules, laws, impact, fairness, consequences, organisation, culture.
- He Tohu themes: living together, people.
What to do
Who makes the rules? Who do they impact?
- In groups of 3, students write on cards or sticky notes:
- the individuals and groups involved in making rules at your school
- the groups impacted by these rules — thinking beyond just students to the wider school community.
- In their groups, students then rank the individuals and groups — from those having the most power in the school to those who have the least power.
- Groups share their rankings with the class and discuss the question: 'What does this say about power and rules?'
How do school rules work?
In groups of 3 students, discuss the way that school rules are implemented, for example:
- How are people made aware of school rules?
- Who enforces the rule? How?
- What happens when a rule is broken?
- How is the usefulness of the rule evaluated?
Each group chooses a school rule to find out how it was made.
- Which individuals or groups had a say in the making of the rule?
- Who did not have a say?
- How are people made aware of the rule?
- How is the rule enforced?
- How does the rule impact on different groups?
- Discuss why (or whether) the rule is useful.
- What might be the impact if the rule didn’t exist or was removed?
How could you change rules?
In groups of 3 students, discuss what they could do if they feel that a school rule is unfair or that a new school rule is needed.
- What rules would you like to change?
- How could you as students have an impact on the rules that are made in your school?
- Are there any more rules that you think need to be enforced?
- What do you think could be the consequences of breaking your new rules?
- What could you use for a process to bring change to these rules?
Set up a debate on one or more of the following:
- Does a school need rules?
- Students should be involved in making school rules.
- What could be the consequences of no rules?
New Zealand Curriculum — social sciences
- Identity, Culture, and Organisation
- Continuity and Change