There is a powerful location for student voice in schools, and its one that isn’t even in schools. One of the realities of meaningful student involvement in school improvement is the acknowledgement that a lot of decisions that affect students aren’t really made in schools at all. Rather, they are made in cubicals, offices, conference rooms and board meetings that happen far beyond the view of the “average” student, and they happen every single day.
- Relevance – Many of the decisions school boards make have long-ranging effects whose outcomes aren’t obvious or take a long time to see. Why would students want to be involved in making the mundane and tedious decisions that school boards make?
- Reputation – Deserved or not, adultism reigns in many student/adult relationships in schools. Why school school boards take students seriously?
- Equity – Adults in schools are generally used to treating students in a vertical manner. Why should roles for students on school boards be any different? What would a horizontal relationship even look like?
- What are the rights of student school board members?
- Which decisions should students be allowed to participate in and which should they be excluded from?
- How can school boards secure effective student board members?
- Who from local schools is best positioned to be a student board member?
- Why should student board members reflect anyone other than high-performing, high-achieving students?
- When other members are elected for two- or four-year terms, why should students serve any different terms?