What would happen if we focused on the process of learning rather than just the metric to judge it by? Would it change that much? Probably.
Have You Heard heads to Lawrence, MA, the poorest city in the state, to meet some students who've spent the last 6 months
In an attempt to teach slavery, one Philadelphia teacher created an activity where he designated certain students in the class as slaves and certain students as slave owners. It didn't take long for students to determine that there was something more than a little bit wrong with "slave-tag," and they spoke out.
As organizers for student-led advocacy organizations, we have directly seen and heard from thousands of young people who are ready to be more than just passive consumers of our schools. We are beginning to realize that we can and should be active agents of our education destiny.
What we need now is collective action. There are about 55 million K-12 students in this country, and about 20 million in
We know that empowering youth can be as simple as listening to them. And when youth are actively engaged in a problem that concerns them, outcomes are better.
The most disrespectful thing you can say to young people is, "you are the leaders of tomorrow." This creates a self-fulfilling prophecy where young people are stigmatized to believe that there is a minimum age for being capable of changing the world.
When Rock Bridge High School tried to push their start time up to 7:20am, sophomore Jilly Dos Santos fought the school board for more sleep and a later first bell - and won. Could later school start times benefit student health and productivity?
The obligation to propel Dr. King's message of social equity into the modern day rests on the shoulders of this generation.
We came together because we believed in the platform that social media provided us with. We came together because we believed we could share the platform that we were using to exercise our student voice with all students.