Conformity, Commerce, or Meaningfulness

Any situation in which some individuals prevent others from engaging in the process of inquiry is one of violence. The means used are not important; to alienate human beings from their own decision-making is to change them into objects. – Paulo Freire In light of the above words of the renowned Brazilian literacy teacher Paulo Freire, violenceContinue reading “Conformity, Commerce, or Meaningfulness”

Partnering with Students

Radical. Revolutionary. Inconceivable. Unnecessary. These words hang like trophies on the mantle of student-inclusive school change, not because they are particularly honorable or grandiose, but because these accusations have been proven untrue.  Today, in schools around the world, Meaningful Student Involvement engages students as active and empowered partners in inclusive, interdependent school change. This meansContinue reading “Partnering with Students”

Listening to Students in School Improvement

Listening to students can have an important role in education reform. It can provide the essential foundation from which education leaders can develop informed opinions and take practical action for school change.  Limitations There are a variety of limitations to simply listening to students, but not engaging them as partners in school change. One limitationContinue reading “Listening to Students in School Improvement”

Research Supporting Meaningful Student Involvement

There is a body of literature that broadly summarizes, examines, and assesses Meaningful Student Involvement. I have collected that which pays particular attention to the roles of students in school change. Meaningful Student Involvement is the process of engaging the knowledge, experience and perspectives of students in every facet of the educational process for theContinue reading “Research Supporting Meaningful Student Involvement”

Resources for Meaningful Student Involvement

Central to what Thomas Jefferson called the “grand experiment” of democracy in the United States is the public school. It is a place where civic roles, government responsibility and social values are taught to young people.  In many schools, education is still seen as preparatory, a form of readiness training on every citizen’s hypothetical roadmap toContinue reading “Resources for Meaningful Student Involvement”

At the 13th Annual National Service Learning Conference

I’m at the National Service Learning Conference right now, and I’ve just finished a workshop called “The Future of Service Learning: A facilitated dialogue among participants and practioners.” There were 25 people there, mostly teachers and staff from CBOs. Its interesting, these discussions of spreading service and learning and doing things for youth and withContinue reading “At the 13th Annual National Service Learning Conference”

Introducing The Freechild Project: Get Info You Need

It used to be that if you wanted to get information about young people changing the world, you’d have to know that they were doing that first. Then you’d have to look through a handful of self-serving nonprofit websites designed to hype particular types of youth-led social change. You could search a certain activity, keyword, hashtagContinue reading “Introducing The Freechild Project: Get Info You Need”