Taking action against prejudice
In this activity students discuss the attributes of an ideal school.
4.2: What makes a good school?
- Brainstorm with the class their ideas on what makes a good school. Ask students to focus on things that are important to them eg. no fighting, no name calling as well as what they have learnt about prejudice. List the students' suggestions on the board or on butcher's paper under the heading "What is important to me". The goal is to generate a list of desired characteristics for the ideal school.
- In small groups, ask students to consider and write down ways in which these characteristics may be achieved. Ask students to report back their ideas. List the students' suggestions on the board or on butcher's paper under the heading "How to bring about change". Use the list of ideas to identify some of the positive things that already happen in the school, changes that would have to take place to create this ideal human relations environment, ideas about how to bring about change in the school, strategies for encouraging safe and friendly attitudes in the classroom and playground, etc.
- Building on the ideas that students have suggested, ask students to develop some "rules of respect" that students and teachers could follow to make the ideal school environment.
- Students may need to be assisted to identify strategies to bring about change. This section of the activity can be conducted as a whole class activity if preferred.