Recently as I was browsing through my news feed page on Facebook I noticed a link to a video that caught my attention (be aware that the video does have a few choice words).
One of my first thoughts while watching this video was “wow! why are high school aged students working on packets while the teacher lounges back at her desk?” I would not make the assumption that the teacher was just lounging at her desk except for the fact that you can see her doing exactly that. Even if students are working on packets should the teacher not be up moving around the room making sure students are not falling behind in their work? He brought up the fact that she said they were a pay check for her and you can hear her telling him he is wasting her time. I thought teaching the students earned the pay check? We, and I, do have to keep in mind that this is a short video and does not show what her class is always like, nor the quality of her teaching overall.
Is There Space for Students to Fight for Their Rights?
My second thought was, wow the student is stating a really valid point but he is being kicked out of the classroom and will face reprimand I’m sure. This caused me to think about what options students do have in fighting for their rights in education. I don’t think that what he did was okay, he was lashing out at a teacher and disrupting the entire class; however, I do think the things he said needed to be said. Though his opinions were justified, such as all students learning differently, he needed a healthier way of venting his frustrating with our education system. A way where others, parents, students, educators, and those making the decisions can hear him as a student standing up for his rights and not as a “trouble maker”. Did you think of him as causing trouble when you watched the video? It seems like many people would think of him this way and that would cause them to miss the whole point of what he was saying.
- What options are out there for students who want to fight for a reform in our education system?
- How can they get their voice heard without being punished?
- Is this a potential rout for the fight for better education to go in, using the voice of students who are there in the thick of things and as this student said “the future of or nation” to stand up and be heard?