Who owns school ? Who owns the learning of the learners?
When teachers , office staff , teaching assistants – in fact all stake holders are given a say in the day to day running of school and are involved in decision making , do they feel like they belong ? Do they feel that school is “theirs”?
To what extent do teachers think they are giving ownership to children ? Do they use language to make children believe they are responsible and making decisions ? Are they really? Who owns the learning?
Do leaders in schools do the same thing ? Do they talk to people who are involved – but listen with one ear? Is the final decision theirs? Are they affected by the decisions – do they feel the impact of what they decide?
Whose school do you work at? Does it belong to everyone who attends it daily or does it belong to the people making decisions that suit them ?
Whose classroom do you frequent ? Is it your kingdom or the palace of your learners ?