Democratization of Schools
Democratization of Schools: Authority over all discipline and conflict problems given to classroom's Peace and Justice Committee elected by students.
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Le type d’école(s) à laquelle votre solution est destinée :
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Depuis combien de temps votre solution est-elle en vigueur?
Encore au stade de l'idée, mais il sera bientôt lancé
Le besoin : quel problème tentez-vous de résoudre ?
1. Respecting Human Rights of students
2. Lowering levels of aggression and violence in schools.
3. Lowering levels of teachers' attrition.
4. Trainnig students in skills of democratic behavior. 5. Upgrading the teaching profession.
La solution: quelle solution proposez-vous ? Soyez précis !
Elected by students Classroom Peace and Justice Committee serves as the Court of Justice and processes all discipline cases. Teachers have no right to punish students; During Home-Room hours Peace and Justice Committee (PJC) processes discipline and conflict cases. Students and teachers could file charges against others. Defendants have to prepare a Correction Proposal. If PJC decides for the plaintiff the offender is charged with obligation to correct the wrongdoing,compensate the other party, etc. If charge found justified: The offender suggests the Correction Procedures he/she pledges to undertake. If accepted by the PJC, the PJC appoints one of its members to ensure its proper implementation in time and the process is finished. In cases the Correction Procedure suggested by the offender is not acceptable, offenders have to follow the Correction Procedure approved by the PJC.In cases an offender refuses to comply with the PJC decision, other school authorities take over the case.
Le système : décrivez un exemple spécifique montrant de quelle façon votre initiative fonctionne ; indiquez vos principales activités.
Literally changes an Authoritarian-Dictatorship system into a Democracy governed by elected representatives. Ends disciplinary practices that put young people in an anti-EMPATHY)humiliating position of powerless dependency while in a critical stage of life for developing their concepts and attitudes of fairness, human rights, personal dignity, equality before the Law, and respecting the rights of others.
TEACHERS: Disciplining a classroom is by far the main cause of teachers attrition-misery. In the frontline of education teachers stand alone and are demanded to exercise control without means of enforcement, in most cases without backing of the system. CHANGE: Teachers are unburdened of sole responsibility for classroom management, and effectively released of tasks required normally of policemen, security personnel, or successful entertainers.
AGGRESSION:Aggressiveness correlates with frustration, that is with felt inability to achieve one's goals by other means. Giving students rights to exercise power legitimately and constructively with peers will lower levels of destructive aggressiveness and violence./
CORRECTION: Punishing usually breeds aggressive response. CHANGE: A shared problem-solving rather than a punishment system. Justice prevails by demanding offenders correct the wrong while sharing power to suggest their-own correction process./ DEMOCRATIZATION: A school can only teach ABOUT Democracy not FOR it, as long as life-experience of teachers and students is dictatorial. CHANGE: Changing the authoritarian power-balance.
Le marché : qui sont vos collègues et vos concurrents ? Identifiez les autres personnes qui travaillent à répondre au même besoin et indiquez ce qui vous différencie d'elles. Comment ces concurrents pourraient-ils influencer votre réussite ou votre croissance ?
There are experimental democratic schools that are not competitors. I do not know of any applying my specific program of power-sharing in what really matters in students' living experience, dignity, responisibility, personal freedom and democratic practice. True Democratization must be done by giving students, from middle-school level up, authority to decide on discipline and interpersonal confilcts, including teacher-student conflicts.
Maintenant que vous avez bien réfléchi à votre participation, aidez-nous à la présenter.
décrivez votre organisation, votre programme ainsi que les services ou les produits proposés (1 ou 2 phrases brèves). [136 caractères/25 mots]
Discipline problems dealt by students' elected authority.No punishing. Having offenders first suggest their own correction procedures.
expliquez le caractère innovant de votre initiative (1 ou 2 phrases brèves). [136 caractères/25 mots]
It changes the system in school from authoritarian to democratic. Democratization of living experience of students and teachers.
This Entry is about (Issues)
Jusqu'à ce jour, quels résultats a obtenu votre projet ?
Because the Democratization program runs against the grain of authoritarian school systems and deeply entrenched historical habits, it will either be applied by Changemakers in authority position in some schools, or must be instituted from the top administration. Two different Ministers of Education in Israel answered me politely that my Memorandum was placed on the agenda of their National Pedagogic Committee. The two Ministers are gone long ago. However this Program was accepted to date for presentation in 3 international academic conferences on education.
Quelles sont vos prévisions en termes d'impact au cours des trois prochaines années?
Changes in the division of power are the most difficult to institute. I hope it will be tried-out in countries where the education system is less centralized than here in Israel.
I see the impact of my project as that of an only option: Either that change of regimen will be done or there will not be significant change in Democratic Education and the authoritarian experience of young people at school, with its associated alienation between students culture and schools culture, with its associated problems of discipline, split loyalty between school and peers, teachers' attrition, aggressiveness and violence.
Quels sont les obstacles qui risquent de freiner votre projet ? Comment pensez-vous les surmonter ?
There is one only gigantic barrier: for leaders in school systems to dare try it out, in spite its being in effect revolutionary. Once it is instituted I see no major barriers, because the scientific basis for for it is so overwhelming. YOU CANNOT EDUCATE FOR DEMOCRACY WITHOUT MODELING DEMOCRATIC LIFE EXPERIENCE. YOU CANNOT HOPE TO REDUCE AGGRESSION LEVEL IF NO LEGITIMATE WAY OF SOLVING A CONFLICT WITH AN AUTHORITY ON AN EQUAL BASIS ARE AVAILABLE. In my experience, the resistance "barrier" to power sharing with students, in what really is meaningful to them, is like that resistance that historically met the "scandalous" ideas of The Right to be Judged by Peers, Checks and Balances, and Government by the People, Democracy itself.
Les meilleures propositions possèdent un programme solide détaillant leurs prévisions pour atteindre et suivre leurs objectifs de croissance. Identifiez vos objectifs à 6 mois pour accroître vos résultats
Not Applicable. I have no means. In fact, applying to you is exactly what I am capable of doing to achieve impact.
Définissez les trois tâches principales à accomplir pour atteindre ces objectifs à six mois
Make an impact in my presentation at the jChicago Meeting of the International Society of Politcal Psychology.
Get this Teachers' College Oranim in Israel find time (!) to let me discuss this program with their staff.
Formulate and send this application!
Et maintenant, voyez les choses en plus grand ! Identifiez vos objectifs à 12 mois
Not Applicable. The project is done, finished. I have no practical ways to execute it independent of the good will of others.
Définissez les trois tâches principales à accomplir pour atteindre vos objectifs à 12 mois
Continue efforts to contact school authorities in my country and others, suggesting they apply this program
As above; I do it regularely as much as I can.
Continue, as above.
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
My most significant learning in life occured not in school but in a T-group in a Laboratory Setting, which has a facilitaror but is leaderless and completely egalitarian, truly Democratic. I experienced it and was completely convinced that it can resolve interpersonal conflicts far better than any other. At that time I read Freedom to Learn by Carl Rogers, and later I participated in a workshop with him. This program came naturally and I don't even see it as innovative in terms of ideas. It is Application that Makes a Diffference, because in this instance Social Science and Psychology tackle a power-system, and power-systems resist change. My favorite of Rogers' quotation is "Psychology can by very subversive when it enters the realm of political power".
Quels sont vos différents partenariats ?
Avec quelle équipe (employés, bénévoles, etc.) pensez-vous atteindre vos objectifs de croissance définis dans la section sur l'impact social? [75 mots]
NOT APPLICABLE. IT IS, SADLY, A LONELY PROJECT SO FAR.
Expliquez plus en détails les besoins et les offres indiqués ci-dessus ou proposez un type d'aide non mentionné dans la liste
Make my project known to the most people who'd have the means to apply it. I want nothing for myself and no copyrights. All I want is to see the program work in my lifetime. Once it is tried out I am completely optimistic about its success and impact.