Student Voices

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Let Our Voices be Heard (Guest Post by SWDFS student Raychel Gafford)

Reposted with permission from Southwest Detroit Freedom School. Originally posted at Let Our Voices Be Heard! Originally recited by Raychel Gafford during a walk out and protest at Western International School in Detroit Wednesday April 25, 2012. See video of the speech below! Her speech starts at 3:46! Hi my name is  Raychel Gafford. I’m … Continue reading

Tending Our Gardens

Ah, Spring. Now is the time where my family and I roll up our sleeves and dig into the dirt, preparing the soil for herbs, vegetables and flowers– up-rooting weeds, churning through the sun hardened soil and squishing our feet through the newly watered beds. We all have different approaches to accomplishing the same tasks. … Continue reading

What Is the Most Important Quality of Education? (Guest Post by Vidushi Sharma)

Originally Posted in the KidSpirit Online’s Spring issue, A Lens on Learning. Click through for more student written pieces on the topic of education and learning. “What are we are supposed to get out of school?” I asked one of my closest friends earlier this week. “What’s the point?” She looked at me for a … Continue reading

Since When

Since when is a child unworthy of a state sponsored education that is worthy of obtaining and is useable in real world scenarios? Since when should a child be told that they are unworthy of such education simply because their zip code is 44112 and not 44022? Since when is it reasonable to trap a … Continue reading

Caution: Work in Progress

Perfection. It’s the unattainable. It’s what counselors tell children to shy away from. “Nobody’s perfect,” they say, “And who cares (about perfection)?” The answer is, apparently our society. In a world where children face a deluge of information from a variety of sources,  the quest to be perfect is omnipresent and never ending. Parents and … Continue reading

A Dictator Unwilling to Step Down

I speak about education from an unflattering point of view, maybe because it is destroying our fascinating, curious minds. I don’t claim to be an expert in education, I am still a student and I speak for myself. I believe that students should have a voice in the education system today, because mainly they are … Continue reading

The Future of Our Education as Illustrated from the Tucson Book Ban (Guest Post by Youth Leader Kalila Bohsali)

I, as a student with a strong belief that our education shapes our lives, ideals and the way we view our peers and equals, am completely appalled with the recent education feud in Tucson, Arizona. Somehow, our learning process has become embroiled with deeply biased political catastrophes led by  greed mongering corporate monsters who are … Continue reading

“Liberty and Justice for Some?” she asked.

Originally posted at A 7th grader asked me: “Why do we have to say the Pledge of Allegiance everyday?” “Why do you ask?” I said. “I don’t know what it means really. I don’t think anybody does. And, the part I kind of understand doesn’t really seem true for everyone.” “Which part is that?” … Continue reading

I Love My School (Guest Post by Student Veronica Pollock)

There aren’t many charter schools out there that are earth friendly and where students learn about the environment as part of their education. Ridge and Valley Charter School (RVCS) offers this. The students at RVCS love the environment. We take community action. We have fundraisers running all the time, such as for animal shelters, food … Continue reading

Teaching Civic Engagement: Dear Mr. President (Guest Post by Kelly Dillon)

The paradox of democracy is this: those who don’t have it fight tooth and nail to get it while those who have it watch football. I realize this statement is hyperbolic, but I wanted to make a point. On President’s Day, I began thinking about the tremendous impact political freedom has on our lives, and … Continue reading

How Should Education be Transformed? (Guest Post by Occupy High Students)

Note: I have been following the Occupy High Students since October 2011, and have been inspired by their continued effort to transform their own education and to show people of all ages that “student’s do care about their education”. I have also had the pleasure to  work and get to know many of them along … Continue reading

March 1st Day of Action for Education Transformation Blogger March #occupyeduM1

Today all over the country students, educators, parents and community members are taking part in  Day of Action for Education Transformation. There are many ways to support this day of action. One way is to make your voice heard online. Today we will be collecting blog posts and twitter/facebook status message and pictures and posters … Continue reading

Acknowledging Our Assumptions

I don’t quite know how to begin this or how to write it, or how to end it, but there are thoughts hiding in my mind, flying around in it, and scurrying here and there that just won’t let me NOT write. I think the unrest began consciously at Educon, when Kirsten Olsen summed up … Continue reading

Occupy High: A Protest of Education Funding Cuts (Guest Post by Kalila Bohsali)

Everyone has heard about the Occupy Wall St. movement and its spread to involve most major cities and small towns of the U.S. All of this talk about revolution and corporate take down has stirred the hearts of activists internationally, sparking the hearts of thousands of people, but what does it have to do with … Continue reading

start with why

if we want something that matters but that also lasts… if we want something that needs no incentive… where there is no need to prove… if we want betterness vs busyness… breathtaking vs mediocre… brilliant vs status quo… let’s start with why, no?  

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