School Rules - YOU decide! - Game Script


Background

Your school's student council and principal have invited you and three other students to discuss and debate on several school issues that have come up in recent weeks. You were chosen because each of you hold varied and valuable opinions that will help the school resolve these issues.

Characters

The rebel not relevant

You are an individual thinker. You stand behind your own opinions no matter what anyone else thinks. You are usually against the ideas of authority figures and are not in favor of new, restrictive rules. 


Your Task

You have to disagree with the new rule that is being suggested. You will usually open up with statements like "It is my strong opinion that..." or "I highly disagree...". You are out to show your classmates that rules that favour the free will and free expression of the students is the only way to go.  


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The libra not relevant

You are a careful thinker. You always weigh both sides of the coin before coming to a conclusion. 


Your Task

You pride yourself on your keenness to consider both sides of an issue and you always encourage others to think about all aspects of an issue before hurrying to any conclusion. You will usually open up with statements like "On the one hand... On the other hand... " or questions like "What will happen if...?" 


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The pleaser not relevant

You tend to respect the opinions of authority figures and believe that they know what's best for you. 


Your Task

You are an easygoing person and you usually figure that if a higher-up wants to make a change, it's probably for a good reason and it is in your best interest to be a supporter. You will usually open up with statements of agreement like "I agree with... " or "If they say so, then it must be so... "


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The indifferent not relevant

You are not a highly opinionated person. Whenever an issue arises, the outcome is not of much consequence to you. You don't care either way because the rules don't mean much to you. 


Your Task

You are generally indifferent to the decisions of higher-ups. The rules never make much of an impact on your life one way or the other so you won't have much to say against or in favour of new rules. In a debate, you will likely make passive statements like "It doesn't really matter if..." or "What difference does it make if..."

 


Resources


Scene 1: school uniforms



1.

Public Message

In light of recent inappropriate wardrobe choices such as short shorts, crop tops and flip flops, the school committee is considering implementing school uniforms. You have been brought before the committee today to discuss and vote on this issue. 



2.

Private (Shortly After previous message)

The rebel :

Tell the other participants that you are against the new idea of school uniforms. Use phrases like "I am against..." or "I disagree with". Explain the negative aspects of school uniforms, for example: 1. loss of individuality, 2. having to do laundry more often, 3. loss of creativity. 

The libra :

Tell the other participants to consider the positive sides and the negative sides of having school uniforms. Encourage them to think hard about the whole picture before deciding for or against school uniforms. Ask questions like "What are the advantages and disadvantages of school uniforms?" and tell others when their thinking is too extreme. Point out that while school uniforms make everyone look the same, they also unite students. They also make deciding what to wear in the morning rather easy. 

The pleaser:

Tell the other participants that you are in favour of the new idea of school uniforms. Argue to the others that uniforms are unifying, make getting dressed in the morning easy, and show the outside world who we are. Say things like "I like the idea of school uniforms." Also point out to the others that the principal and authorities have the students' best interest in mind; if they think it's a good idea, it must be. 

The indifferent:

Tell the other participants that you are neither for or against the new idea of school uniforms because you will be an individual either way. Explain to the others that it doesn't matter whether or not there are school uniforms because a student can always find a way to do what he or she wants in the face of a hierarchy. For example, if there are uniforms, students can still choose to wear their hair however they want or wear any shoe they like. Also point out that students can change out of a uniform immediately after school-- the outside world doesn't have to see them in uniform. To you, the decision doesn't matter, because you just do you, no matter what. 



3.

Public Message (Shortly After previous message)

Tell the other participants if you are in favour or against the idea of school uniforms. 



4.

Public Message (a while after previous message)

Explain to the other participants WHY you are in favour or against the idea of school uniforms.



Vote

Are you in favor or against school uniforms?



Option 1
in favor
Option 2
against


Ending message for when most people voted for option



Option 1

Uniforms approved!


Option 2

Uniforms off the table!




Discussion Points

Scene 2: Junk food in the cafeteria



1.

Public Message

Following the recent visit of a leading nutritionist to our school, the school committee is considering banning the sale of junk food in the school cafeteria and providing healthier alternatives. 



2.

Private (Shortly After previous message)

The rebel :

Tell the other participants that you are against the ban on junk food and introduction of healthier alternative. Talk about the students' rights to decide what food they put in their bodies and the need to satisfy cravings throughout the school day. Point out that the cafeteria is the only place to quickly purchase fast food and sweets. 

The libra :

Tell the other participants that you are not yet sure about the ban on junk food and introduction of healthier alternatives-- maybe this is a good thing, maybe not. Point out (on the positive side): possibility of lowered cholesterol, lower calorie intake, weight loss. Point out (on the negative side): no more access to tasty fast food and sweets, loss of student choice. Make the others see that this is not a simple decision. 

The pleaser:

Tell the other participants that you are in favour of the ban on junk food and the introduction of healthier alternatives. The advantages are obvious: lowered cholesterol, lower calorie intake, weight loss. Stress to others that by passing this new rule, the principal and higher ups are showing how much they care about the health and wellbeing of the students. 

The indifferent:

Tell the other participants that you are neither in favour nor against the ban on junk food and the introduction of healthier alternatives. Point out to the others that if the school cafeteria removes these 'unhealthy' options, students can bring their own 'unhealthy' lunches from home, or they can purchase a fast food lunch nearby, off-campus, during free time. Explain that, in your opinion, access to fast food and sweets at school is a nice privilege, but if it were to be eliminated, there are ways to still get it.  



3.

Public Message (Shortly After previous message)

Tell the other participants if you are in favour or against the ban on fast food and introduction of healthier alternatives. 



4.

Public Message (a while after previous message)

Explain to the other participants WHY you are in favour or against the ban on fast food and introduction of healthier alternatives. 



Vote

Are you in favor of the ban or not?



Option 1
in favor of the ban!
Option 2
against the ban!


Ending message for when most people voted for option



Option 1

Junk food, move over! Make room for carrots! 


Option 2

Bisli for the win! 




Discussion Points

Scene 3: surprise quizzes



1.

Public Message

In light of recent student complaints surrounding surprise quizzes, the school committee is considering banning them altogether. What are your thoughts? 



2.

Private (Shortly After previous message)

The rebel :

Tell the other participants that you are against the ban on school quizzes. Relate to the benefits of drilling information and not having your grade ride on a single term test. 

The libra :

Tell the other participants that it is important to consider the pros and cons of  school quizzes before casting a vote on their ban. Point out that on the one hand, quizzes keep material fresh in the mind, but on the other hand, they place pressure on students to always review and practice what they learn. 

The pleaser:

Tell the other participants that you are in favour of the ban on school quizzes. Your reasoning: quizzes place a lot of pressure on students to constantly review what they learn after every lesson. Also, not everyone is skilled at answering questions under a time limit and it isn't fair to evaluate students so strictly. 

The indifferent:

Tell the other participants that you are not sure if you should vote for or against the ban on school quizzes. Explain that when it comes to evaluation, you just do you, regardless of what higher ups decide. Still, you know you have to cast your vote on school quizzes, and you want to be swayed in a single direction. 



3.

Public Message (Shortly After previous message)

Tell the other participants if you are in favour or against the ban on school quizzes. Tell the others if you are unsure. 



4.

Public Message (a while after previous message)

Tell the other participants WHY you are in favour or against the ban on school quizzes. If you are unsure, tell the others why. 



Vote

Should surprise quizzes be banned or not?



Option 1
surprise quizzes should go!
Option 2
surprise quizzes should stay!


Ending message for when most people voted for option



Option 1

Surprise quizzes- never again! 


Option 2

Surprise quizzes are here to stay!




Discussion Points