Rank the following 5 purposes of school from most to least important. Make some short notes to explain your thinking.

• Acquire basic life skills

• Build self-knowledge and confidence

• Develop social skills and make friends

• Prepare for future employment

• Learn how to be an active and informed citizen


Discussion Instructions

1. Rank discussion attributes from most important (1) to least important (5). Jot down some notes if needed (3 minutes)
2. You will be assigned to breakout groups of 3 or 4
3. Take turns sharing order and reasoning. Person with the most recent birthday goes first (7 minutes)
4. Discuss and compare — What differences do you notice? What accounts for these differences? Does anyone want to change the order they started with? (3 minutes)
5. You will get a one-minute warning before returning to the main group