Rules

Your school rules or behaviour expectations will stimulate discussion about how rules at family, community, and national levels help us to build safe communities.

Context

Most schools have a set of rules or guidelines that help students to understand the expectations around behaviour. Your own school’s set of these would be an excellent way to initiate a discussion about the ways that rules, laws, or guidelines help us to avoid or deal with conflict on personal, community, national, and international levels.

We also have rules that help us to stay safe on the roads and in our communities. We use rules in sports and games to create a common understanding about how to play the game, and we also use rules to create a fair and safe environment. Rules can be useful. They can change in different situations; for example, your school may have different rules for wet lunchtimes. These rule changes are often to ensure that students stay safe and healthy.

During times of conflict or increased insecurity, rules or laws are often tightened to try and control people’s behaviour to help everyone stay safe and healthy. During the First World War, new rules helped people in New Zealand to be more careful with information and with food.

Key questions

  • What can we observe?
  • What do we already know?
  • How might people view rules in different ways?

Possible discussion questions

  • What school rules apply to you? Why are these rules important? What happens when these rules are kept? What happens when these rules are broken?
  • Would your school rules work well for people in the wider community? Why or why not?
  • What other kinds of rules apply to you? How do they help you and other people to stay safe and healthy?
  • What are some rules that all New Zealanders have to keep? Why are these rules important? What happens when these rules are kept? What happens when these rules are broken?
  • How does creating rules and consequences help to manage people and avoid conflict?
  • Do you know of any ways that countries make and stick to rules to help them to work together?
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