Download the questions as a .pdf (for printing) or
copy and paste them (for editing) from the list below.
See this post for 10 ideas on how to use these questions.
- What comes to mind when you hear the word “school”?
- What do you remember about your secondary school? What about your primary school?
- Who were your favourite teachers at secondary school? What did you like about them?
- What about at primary school?
- Were there any teachers you really disliked? What was wrong with them?
- How have your teachers influenced who you are today?
- Did you ever play truant?
- What was the best thing about going to school?
- What was the worst thing about it?
- Which were your favourite subjects at school? What did you like about them?
- Do you think it’s easier to learn languages when you are a child? Why/ Why not?
- What were your English lessons like at school?
- If you could have your school days again, what would you do differently?
- Should children have to wear school uniforms?
- Did your school days fly by or drag on?
- Do you agree that “your school days are the best days of your life”?
- Would you like to turn the clock back and be in school again?
- How should schools keep discipline?
- Did you break any rules at your school? Do
you wish you had broken any rules?
- Which would you like for your children: mixed-sex or single-sex schools? Why?
Hopefully, an interesting and thought-provoking debate for your students!
You can download the debating sheet here (you can see what it will look like below), and read about some ways of using it, and of staging debates more generally, here.
- School Days – Chuck Berry
- Another Brick in the Wall – Pink Floyd
Excellent early rock ‘n’ roll song, which you can listen to below. The lyrics are here.
Inexplicably popular song by Pink Floyd. You can watch it below and the lyrics are here (tho’ beware the long intro!):
Here are some interesting (and, hopefully, semi-permanent!) online articles and websites I’ve found. Have a look through and see if there’s one that might interest your class. If you have any other suggestions about more sites or articles I could include here, please let me know.
- “Boot Camp” Schools and Discipline
Discipline in School
Interesting, short article from the Times Educational Supplement on the high levels of obedience at a UK “boot camp” style secondary school, and how this approach to educational discipline is spreading.
- Why many US muslims are turning to home schooling
- US state school kids’ thoughts about home schooling
Article from the New York Times suggesting religious reasons are the cause. Could stimulate a lively debate on the merits and dangers of home-schooling.
Short excerpt from a longer article and the responses of kids aged 13+, via the New York Times blog.
- IQ Isn’t Set in Stone
- Teaching nursery-aged children philosophy in Scotland
- Why Schools Should Keep Teaching Handwriting
The Learning Brain
Report on how teenagers’ IQs show large dips and rises in time. From the NPR.
Article from the BBC on a study showing how teaching kids philosophy can raise their IQs and make them more engaged with all school subjects.
Article explaining why schools should teach handwriting even though typing may be more useful. From StateImpact.
- Teacher Mohamed Ibrahim quits for Somalia deputy PM job
I think he was surprised.