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High School Students Offer Solutions for Improving Education
Sep 29, 2010 (11:09 AM EDT)
YORK, Pa., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teachers and tax payers are surrounded by media buzz on the education debate. From President Obama's Back to School address, to Mark Zuckerman's $100 million donation to Newark public schools, to the NBC News "Education Nation" summit, to the recent release of the film documentary on charter schools, "Waiting for Superman," the national conversation over education is heating up. Some would argue boiling over.
However, through all of the hype and hyperbole, little has been gleaned about the student perspective on the education crisis. In an effort to capture the voice of teens on this issue, StageofLife.com, a non-partisan blogging resource, asked a simple question in its recent writing contest for high school students:
"What suggestion(s) do you have to make a positive change at your school or with the educational system as a whole?"
Over 1,500 visited the student writing contest page and scores of teen leaders submitted a response. From the essays, five themes emerged. These student-generated, education solutions could play an integral part of the road map that teachers, administrators, and public policy decision makers use to chart the fate of education in America.
Rebecca Thiegs, M. Ed., Education Consultant for StageofLife.com and current high school Language Arts teacher at Red Lion Area Senior High School in Red Lion, PA, stated, "The education system in the U.S. needs an overhaul. Students' voices could help find a solution. We've been allowing state and federal mandates to drive what's happening in the classroom and it's not working."
If student voices are to be heard, five themes were transparent in the teen responses:
Students are tired of watching their peers waste class time, disrupt the education process, or simply float through the school day disengaged with the opportunity for learning. These disconnected students hamper the learning environment for those that want to be in school. The spark of change to improve this issue will need to come from the students themselves, at a local level. Young leaders must emerge in their schools to hopefully change apathetic cultures and combat classmate apathy.
The current writing contest for high school students asks the question, "Who is your hero?" National sponsor Shutterfly.com is providing the monthly prize and StageofLife.com is offering up SWAG and Featured Blogger status on the site to the student essay winner.
About Stage of Life™: StageofLife.com is a free, non-partisan grassroots project hosting blogs, information and resources for teens, Millennials/Gen Y, Gen X, and Baby Boomer generations. Its specialized content includes lesson plan ideas and writing prompts for Language Arts teachers, educational training, curriculum consulting, guest speaker seminars, monthly writing contests for high school students and college students and much more. Its My Life Rewards® program provides site visitors a wide collection of in-store coupons, shopping discounts and exclusive cruise and resort offers as StageofLife.com provides "Rewards for Life's Journey®."
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