Friday, December 7, 2012

I hate school, but I love learning.

That is what high school student and author of the book One Size Does Not Fit AllNikhil Goyal, recently posted on his Facebook timeline. What followed were 99 comments. Many from peers deeply invested in and trained by the system to believe you need school to get an education. They represent those who have accepted and/or know nothing else but this new and narrow system that our corporate reformers and politicians have created for us.  

But the reality is not so bleak. Nikhil is not the only one who feels this way.  A growing number of young people have awoken to the fact that you don't need to go to school to get an education and, sadly, sometimes school actually gets in the way of learning.

More and more of these young people are taking a stand and taking the stage to share another reality.  At the bottom of this post is one video, "Why I hate school but love education" that has been making the rounds lately. But these young men are not alone. There is a growing undercurrent of young people who are mad as hell and they don't want to take it anymore. Instead of complying, they are paving the way to freedom for the children of our future by standing up and speaking out. They are writing books, writing articles, making videos, doing TED Talks, and starting movements to demand the freedom to follow more than one path to success.  

Below is another powerful and insightful video from Tele'jon Quinn, another young man who loves learning yet is stuck in what he refers to as a 12-step brainwash camp.  

And here's the one that has been making the rounds lately by Suli Breaks with more than a million hits.

Our students are waking up to the fact that this is wrong. It is up to innovative educators everywhere to help these young people be heard and do what we can to enable them to choose their own paths to success. 

What can you do now?
  • Follow them:
  • Share and discuss these videos with your students. 
  • Support students who want to share their voice and ideas.
    • When they do, help to amplify their ideas by spreading their message using social media like Twitter and Facebook.
  • Have your students make their own video in a way that touches those like them. Below is an example of that and when your video can inspire something like this, you know you have a message that cuts across boundaries.