Presentation on theme: "Dronninglund Gymnasium How to engage young people in democratic processes at school level."— Presentation transcript:
Dronninglund Gymnasium How to engage young people in democratic processes at school level
We are very satisfied students! So what is the problem?
Rules provoke young Danes! Is more freedom possible? Only one representative from each class in the school council Common sense rules Dissatisfied students do not learn! If you show trust you gain trust.
Two examples: - Lateness - Abuse of computers
The problem: - Not enough students are involved in the decision making at our school. - We want students to have a say in the actual rules that concern the class or the individual student
How does the student council work? The headmaster is the final authority The council discuss and express student opinions A messenger between students and teachers Cheaper food at Café Eatpoint!
Who has inspired us ? - Summerhill 1921 founded by A. S. Neill: - "Only people who feel powerless turn to violent and obstructive behavior.” - The teachers’ votes do not count more than the children’s
- The Free Gymnasium in Denmark - the students have the same influence and rights as the teachers. - Students express themselves creatively – e.g. through a graffiti wall
The solution - A trial period of total equality - Weekly meetings - One man one voice - More responsibility - More democracy
- More happy and satisfied students - More involvement in democratic processes outside school
The idea would be innovative at our school! Easy to turn into practice – but maybe difficult to make a success Our headmaster is present So, what do you think?