Of course, since this post, this video has gone viral and has had quite an impact on discussions both about and within education! It’s important to keep in mind that we will never have a contextual understanding of the situation because we were not there; therefore, I think we should avoid passing too many judgments.
However, I do agree that we can take from this a more important message about the whole of education. Learning should be engaging. Students should be able to pursue what they love. They should feel safe, loved, and motivated. What they do at school should be relevant to them. I don’t believe we are doing our jobs if they don’t feel this way. Regardless of what happened in this particular situation, it is a great reminder of the changes that need to take place in education. Students do deserve to have their voices heard, and perhaps it doesn’t happen often enough in encouraging, productive environments.
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