What Students Want

Here’s an interesting piece that highlights the views from a handful of students who were given the (sadly all too rare) opportunity to tell the education system what matters to them. It took place in New York as part of the ‘Education Nation’ Conference:

20 Things Youngsters Want Educators To Know

To me, the point is not in the 20 things expressed by the students, so much as the acknowledgement that they must be made part of the debates, their voice acknowledged and listened to. Could we think that here in India all conferences regarding education would include panel discussions that incorporate the genuine voice of students?

Interestingly, when you look at the 20 things that emerged from this interaction, some of them can be subject of further debate, some probably strike a chord with what many educators have been feeling (so parties need to start debating about how they might make those things happen, or happen better) and some reflect a need for greater clarity about what educators are trying to achieve to reduce misunderstandings and misguided perceptions.

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