Learner’s Bill of Rights

This is list is sometimes updated.

  1. Learners deserve a map, so they can see where they’re supposed to be going.
  2. Learners have the right to require a reason that makes sense to them to care about the subject and the task at hand.
  3. Learners deserve to know that their strengths are recognized and valued by their teachers.
  4. Learners deserve to know that they are valued as people by their teachers, no matter what strengths they do or do not possess. This is not the same as getting grades based on their personhood; grades reflect achievement. However, each student deserves respect for and recognition of her/his value as a person.
  5. Learners have the right to personal privacy.
  6. Learners have a right to make their own knowledge, when, how, and why they please. The teacher’s role is to support and teach careful thinking, not predetermined conclusions.
  7. Learners have the right to make mistakes, to take the consequences, and to have the opportunity to make new knowledge as a result of their mistakes.
  8. If a teacher interferes in a learner’s process, it should be to attempt to present ideas and information in a way that the learner can best understand and make use of. The learner’s needs are more important than the teacher’s needs.

See also The Learner’s Bill of Rights in Practice.

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