Matthew, Welcome! Sounds like you'll be a great addition here. I hope you'll weigh in on the discussion of the week!
And Brett thanks for setting up the side dialogue.
Hello everybody, my name is Matt Tyson and I'm very excited to be a part of this project! This is the first Students Speak Out project I have been a part of and I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge base as well sharing my opinions when it comes to education policies.
I currently attend Chanhassen High School, a public high school just south of the Twin Cities, and have been a part of the public education system throughout my life. However, after doing extensive research about public education for my speech team category, I have found that there is a lot to talk about and a lot to fix when it comes to education as a whole in the United States.
Once again, I'm looking forward to being a part of thoughtful discussions on the topic of achievement and I can't wait to see what new things I will learn!
Sure thing! I am going to start a new forum area to bring up the idea of charter schools and achievement. Considering I have attended one for quite some time, I guess it would only be fitting that I go ahead and get that discussion going!
I have mixed feelings about charter schools. On the one hand I like that most take a different approach to learning, like service or project based learning. I think that is something that the public schools could work on. On the other hand, charter schools get funding from tax dollars that would otherwise go to the public schools. This makes it challenging for the public schools to diversify their curriculum when they can hardly afford enough up-to-date textbooks. Charter schools also have more flexibility than public schools in areas such as administration. I feel like this is not fair to the public schools considering both systems are funded by tax dollars.
Hi Brett! I attend a public school in a suburb of Chicago and am unfamiliar with the concept of charter schooling. I have done some research but I am interested on your personal account. Would you care to elaborate on experience as a charter school student?
Well hey there everyone! My name is Brett and I am looking forward to getting started! I have participated on a few SSO/Citizens League projects before and found them to be great at bringing together different stakeholders.
I attend a charter school in Saint Paul, and ever since my switch I have felt a responsibility to be a part of education reform, because it has been such a crucial component to my education so far. Hopefully we can come up with some great ideas at defining achievement, it seems like all of us can provide a very unique perspective!
Molly- I have no doubt you will really enjoy this project, and hopefully both of us can grow our knowledge!
Nikolaus- Great job on the research, I have a few friends studying German and who are closely connected to the culture and school system that speak highly of it. Do you think that if such a program was instituted in Minnesota that students should have to "test in?"
As I mentioned above, I don't go to a traditional public school. It is an independent project based school where students don't attend classes like in most schools. We are in charge of our own direction and can learn much more in depth on certain topics. How do you feel about the charter school movement in Minnesota, and/or the idea that students could choose a school based on their focus and programs instead of dividing up districtly like we do now? (Feel free to respond to this Molly, Nora, Raquelle, and anyone else who is interested. It might even be worth starting a new forum to discuss it.)
Nora, Kim, and Lindsey- Glad to be back working with you guys on another project. =)
Raqhelle- It is good to hear that another student still feels positively about some of our education, a lot of folks don't care to see any of the bright sides.
Glad to hear from everyone!
Raquelle, Hannah, and Nora -- You all inspired me with your remarks. I'm glad you're hear and I look forward to learning your insights in the discussions starting up very soon.
Hi, I am Raqhelle Millbrooks ! I respect education so much, and after hearing about this could not resist to speak my mind about these kinds of topics. Expressing what I want to say about improvements/bright sides of schools is a new step I would like to take. I am very positive on a higher education for others and love to focus on persevering others to step out of their confort zone of learning and into a new one. I am just entering highschool and hope to experience a more diverse way of learning, higher standards, and a healthy environment for kids. Thanks a lot for this opportunity!
Hello, my name is Hannah Oakes! I'm definitely passionate about subjects in relation to education and schooling because it is something that directly impacts my life. Talking about education and expressing ideas about schools really gets me excited because of the diversity among schools in our nation as well as other places in the world. Schools provide the foundation for our futures, and they provide a structured place for young minds to grow and thrive. I've been in the public school system my entire life, but for the last two years of my high school career I have had the opportunity to explore a different type of school setting that has really opened my eyes to the possibilities of public schools and the diverse ways to build not just a class of students, but a working community of leaners.