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  • Jessica Doong

    As a former teacher in a public charter school, I have to say that this video makes so many great points. Let's be a part of the solution!

    • Lindsey Smith

      I agree Jessica! What do you think is the best, most efficient way to be a part of the solution?

      • Jessica Doong

        That's a great question and not one that I don't claim to be an expert on. But I do think that, depending on your circumstance and commitment to the issue, there are many ways (big and small) that we can contribute to the true education of our children. Off the top of my head, some ideas could be taking the time to listen to/discover/engage the gifts and ideas of your own children and the children around you, doing hands-on activities with them that encourage critical thinking, providing a space for children in your community to engage with different ideas and express themselves creatively...

        This particular question is actually one that I and a few of my former colleagues are exploring and engaging in our community as we speak! My friends have started an alternative pre-K and cooperative school, respectively, and I'm actually launching an after school program this week! Perhaps I will have more to share in the near future. ;) What are your thoughts??

        • Lindsey Smith

          Jessica, thank you for your insights. As a college student, I appreciate your learnings as professional in the education field. In high school, I was an aid at an after school program and learned to appreciate children's creativity and out of the box ideas. Even as the guiding hand, there is so much to learn from little ones. Looking forward to more insights after you launch! Good luck!

          • Jessica Doong

            Thank you, Lindsey! I am excited :) And I totally agree that we have so much to learn from kids, and that is something I look forward to in this more liberated setting.

            That's great that you have an appreciation for kids and their creativity, and I hope that's something you will continue to encourage and inspire in the kids around you. It doesn't have to be in any professional/formal setting, but I really believe that so many young people are just looking for someone to listen to and believe in them.

            By the way, I came across this excellent article about education reform that I think addresses some of the major issues: http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2011/09/01/the-single-best-idea-for-reforming-k-12-education/

            However, at the end of the day, I'm not sure if I would be an avid supporter of reforming the system as much as imagining what new possibilities regular folks can create.

            • Lindsey Smith

              I am definitely continuing my work with kids in college and hopefully, for the rest of my life. While I'm out school, I volunteer weekly at the local elementart school to teach a media club. We like to inspire child to look at media in new ways and at the same time teach them the impact of media on their lives! We also make movies with them :)

              I feel like the word reform is sometimes scary to some people. I think educators in and out of the "system" would push more for a restructure of teaching. One example from school that must be restructured is teaching to the test v. teaching creativity. Our school systems should definitely take a look at the way the rest of the world educates (not just China). Thanks for sharing the article Jessica!