Inclusion within discussion…it’s the one dynamic every serious discussion needs in order to come to a serious conclusion. When discussions lack that dynamic they are often poor in concluding theory and therefore often miss the point of what’s trying to be achieved. It’s not because the people who leading the discussions are incapable of reaching a conclusion that helps everyone, it’s because they simply don’t know everything they need to know to reach that conclusion. It’s this failure to conclude that make discussions fall apart or face fierce opposition in the end…and it’s this failure to include that students across America are tired of when it comes to education and the academic revolution movement.
Education in America has always been an adult’s conversation; it’s been the conversation that was almost always discussed behind our backs by our teachers, politicians, union leaders, and principals. We were only ever included in the conversation when we were needed to drive the point home, encourage our parents to be on their sides, or be programmed with everyone else’s ideologies. We weren’t allowed to have opinions and ideologies on it, our ages often used as the basis for discrediting and our inability to vote often used as the ammunition for insults while the adults flexed their superiority of “knowledge” and “experience” over our youthful heads. Those select few who dared tried to join the conversation where often told to sit down, shut up and get out of a conversation they are too young and naive to understand. Those select few who dared rebel against those warnings didn’t get too far either, often being drowned out or discredited by those who feared our youthful, contemporary like ideologies and prospective because at times they went against what they wanted us to believe. It’s a shame that we are treated as if our naïve minds and inability didn’t matter when it’s convenient for them to use us in the propaganda arsenal against those who don’t share their values but when we start smelling our butts and forming our own thoughts about the situations at hand we were treated as if we know nothing.
However, I don’t think, and yes I said “I don’t think” for you adults who are cringing, that we should be exiled in this discussion anymore. The time where we are exiled from the conversation has to cease to exist because for too long have we let education’s quality decline and remained silent while hoping the adults step up and correct it. We, just like teachers did, let things change for the worst and even in the midst of the quick decline in quality we have remained silent about it, we have failed to challenge the authoritarian dictators who have been dictating the state of education and they have let its promise grow dangerously bleak. We can no longer standby and wait for the adults to restructure the educational system that they have crippled over a period of nearly 3 decades because they themselves don’t know what their next move should be. No longer can we say silent because it is us not them who are trapped in the system of education.