Role-playing experiment at Vancouver school aims to nurture critical thinking

Sep 9, 2016 by

Every educator wants to encourage critical thinking, but few are doing it in quite the extreme way that one Vancouver public school rolled out to Grade 7 students this week.

Each student has been assigned a number, they are being referred to as “followers” and arbitrarily rewarded or demoted – and teachers are asking parents not to tell their children that they are role-playing.

Parents only learned after the first day of school that a team of teachers at Norma Rose Point School, in West Point Grey, exposed the 12- and 13-year-olds to a teaching unit that involves drama and role-playing, and plan to keep it up for the next four to six weeks.

Teachers address students by a number and assign them to so-called district factions. The teachers, according to a letter sent to parents Tuesday afternoon, represent “The Establishment – a controlling body that runs ‘district workshops,’ does random ‘screening’ or evaluations and arbitrarily demotes/promotes within the factions.”

The letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Globe and Mail, said students were not welcomed into the classroom this week in the “usual way.”

Source: Role-playing experiment at Vancouver school aims to nurture critical thinking – The Globe and Mail

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