When they say, ”Let’s give students a voice,” they mean, ”let’s give them a seat at school board meetings.”
That’s not what they need. They need a lot more. We need to give them a pen and a microphone and a hammer and a shovel and a chalkboard. We need to give them a classroom and an audience and blank sheet that says ”curriculum” at the top. We need to give them a budget and a building.
Kids are disengaged. They aren’t learning, and a lot of what they are learning is no longer relevant to the 21st Century. Fortunately that’s becoming more kosher to say. It’s no longer radical; people are starting to see the problems. But unfortunately, a lot of the proposed solutions aren’t radical enough. They’re superficial.
People talk about giving students a voice. A seat at the table. If we’re going to solve these problems, we’re going to need more than that. We want kids to be engaged in learning, to be excited to show up and happy about school? Give them real agency in their own education.
We want kids to be learning, to be passionate about their work? Let them learn things that have real meaning to them. Make them the authors of their curriculum.
We want kids to learn how to learn, to be innovative, to make change, to be able to tackle the nuanced and constantly shifting problems that the future presents? Don’t give them a voice. Give them our schools.
Läs hela Valerie Strauss artikel i The Washington Post här.
Se också den här filmen, där eleverna själva berättar om ”The independent project”.
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