Don’t Listen!

Okay, it would be better to say, “Don’t JUST listen.” Over the last 10 years I’ve had the privilege of watching the field of youth involvement and youth engagement grow. However, a disturbing trend is emerging where Youth Voice campaigns are increasingly designed to simply *listen* to Youth Voice. As i’ve said before, it’s not enough, and ethical practitioners, parents and teachers shouldn’t pretend otherwise.

Instead of setting up another online forum or town hall or youth editorial section in the newspaper, ethically responsible adults seek to actively engage every young person in critical social action designed to create powerful, positive democracy. Learn more about going beyond simply listening at http://www.freechild.org/YouthVoice/cycle.htm

— This is Adam Fletcher’s blog originally posted at http://www.YoungerWorld.org. For more see http://www.bicyclingfish.com

Written by Adam Fletcher, this article was originally posted to http://commonaction.blogspot.com. Learn more at adamfletcher.net!
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