So as the education debate rages and more and more voices join the discussion, I wonder why we don’t listen to the one that should carry the most weight; the student. Where are the children at these meetings. Where are the future generations? Not even invited. And I don’t mean just the high school students but the young ones, the ones that have just started school that still like to come, that still like to be excited, the ones that haven’t been burned by a system that progresses whether they are with it or not. Those students should have a seat at the table and when they speak we should really listen. We should stop with our excuses and our assumptions of why they say these things and want these changes. We should listen to their message and then actually believe it. Let them speak, let them be heard, and let us change.
It is possible to make school fun through projects and student choice. It is possible to cut out homework and still cover everything you need to cover. It is possible to not test and still know where your students are academically. It is possible to stop talking and let them be the leaders, the guides, the teachers. It is possible…if you believe in it.