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Learning Revolution, Are You Ready?

Originally posted at Line Dalile’s Website:

Broken pencils and bitten rubbers scattered on my wooden desk while books sat quietly in my bag. The sound of flipping pages, falling rulers and sharpening pencils never seemed to abandon my ear. It’s another school day where the first row students actually paid attention and wrote down notes, students in the middle mostly observe the landscape as they look through the window curiously, and last but not least are students at the back seats carelessly take naps. It’s another school day.

Another school day literally translates to another failing education system. For decades now, presidents have stood up and gave speeches, suggested ideas and claimed money will fix the problem, but they were wrong. For decades now, students’ voices have not been heard because, quite simply, the adults are covering their ears. Here we are again attempting to start a learning revolution that would hopefully change this failing system that lets every student down.

It’s an ugly fact to think about schools as prisons with killing teaching methods. They became test preparation factories that test the process of memorization. Overcrowded classrooms, underperforming teachers and many more obstacles stand in the way, but it is no reason to give up.

Not only schools have let students down and failed them, but also it has taken away their passions, their desire to learn, and destroyed it. We made documentaries about this failing education system, we passed  acts like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, but there is one thing we didn’t do… We didn’t solve the problem. Yes, we know there are bad teachers, bad schools, bad system… then what?

Children are the future, if we hope to solve the world’s major problems, like it or not, we must provide successful educational opportunities for them. But ask yourself: How are we supposed to provide that when education is falling in the wrong hands?

How are you supposed to make a product better if you don’t receive a feedback from the customer? The same thing applies to education. We are missing a crucial voice, and it’s the voice of the customer… the student’s voice. How are teachers supposed to improve their teaching methods if they don’t sit down and talk to their students? The ugliest act you can do is leave students out of the debate.

Before purposing any solutions, or passing any acts that aren’t making any difference, let us think about what is important. Standardized testing, assignments and homework aren’t what we are looking for, we as students, are looking for something more valuable, something that from the moment we open our eyes, it fuels our existence, we are looking to pursue our passion and our curiosity.  We start as kids filled with dreams and high expectations, but unfortunately this excitement and spark of passion settles as the years go by. Instead of learning because we want to, we begin learning because we have to. We begin learning for the test.

This learning revolution shouldn’t be about spending more money to solve the problem, it’s about changing this education system to help us push every student to discover their passion and be brave enough to chase it, let us reawaken the slumbering curiosity in every student and help them to be the best version of themselves.

Our schools should produce students who can’t stop questioning the world around them.

My TEDxAjman Talk about learning:


Line Dalile, 14 years old home-schooled student. A passionate writer, published author, blogger and poet. Interested in education reform and learning. Also a Tedx Speaker.



6 thoughts on “Learning Revolution, Are You Ready?

  1. What do you want teachers and other adult stakeholders to do to help achieve your vision of “changing this education system?” What should students do in response to the status quo or to push ahead regardless of it? I am with you, but I am always curious about how each of us thinks about the responsibilities of children and adults to education. I’m not looking for a solution, but for habits and mindsets and practices and responsibilities we should adopt in moving forward and I would love to hear what you think.

    With thanks,

    Posted by Chad Sansing | January 27, 2012, 2:15 pm
    • Teachers are the most important ingredient in making a good education system. They influence students more than anybody else. To answer your first question, teachers should make students enthusiastic about learning. Other than being patient, teachers should guide students and then let them (by themselves) discover what’s surrounding them. It is better than telling them what to do/learn like “Do this and do that”
      Teachers, parents and adults should be supportive and willing to listen to what students have to say about their own education. After all, the students are the ones who are learning here and they are the rising generation. They should provide a caring ear and discuss problems/ issues related to this education system and together they can provide the perfect solution and improvement.

      Student should always be active about their education. For example, Adora Svitak has formed a group on Facebook (The Student Union) that includes student’s voices and their opinions about education and what should be improved. I suggest teachers from all over the world take a look at it and see what students need. Today technology is taking over and this is a wise way to use it and spread the word.

      As you said, habits, mindsets, practices and responsibilities should be adopted to move forward. Habits maybe like listening to students more, knowing what they need and then taking it into practice. They can basically build the aspect of curiosity in students which is the key to learning desirability in and out of the school environment.
      Thank you for your comment and interesting questions 🙂 I hope I was able to get my point across.

      Posted by Line Dalile | January 29, 2012, 4:52 pm
  2. Nice post Line,
    You are correct in your assessment and very eloquently stated by you. I will share your thoughts 🙂

    Posted by Bill | January 29, 2012, 1:31 pm


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