Category: Learning from Experience
Almost all adults are harming almost all children right now. This happens inadvertently and directly; coincidentally and intentionally; by design and on accident. And it happens in many ways, including actions that are personal, structural, and social in their orientation. Our abuse ranges from casual personal offenses that range from slights of language to dehumanizing cultural alienation; structural bias from architectural discrimination to laws without political representation; and social harm including de-centering schooling biases and demeaning child-adult interactions.
Creating powerful, practical and effective learning opportunities should the goal of every educator committed to increasing student power. When students have voice, authority, and take action to improve in learning, they find meaning in what they’re doing. Working to build student commitment to community, democracy and education requires Meaningful Student Involvement in learning.
How do our experiences as youth affect our youth work as adults? In this post I explore one story from my life.