"I think if more kids or students had the experience of an Imagining Learning listening sessions there would be a lot less apathy, there would be a lot more people stepping up to the plate to change the world, to be the change, really. That is what is missing, we need empowerment to be the change, so that things can get better and that is what the listening session gave me.” - Mackenzie A, student from an Imagining Learning Listening Session in California.

"I think if more kids or students had the experience of an Imagining Learning listening sessions there would be a lot less apathy, there would be a lot more people stepping up to the plate to change the world, to be the change, really. That is what is missing, we need empowerment to be the change, so that things can get better and that is what the listening session gave me.” - Mackenzie A, student from an Imagining Learning Listening Session in California.

Great photos from Imagining Learning’s Listening session in Jackson, MS at Operation Upward!

Help Imagining Learning travel to more communities for a new round of listening sessions (video) in 2013! Imagining Learning’s work is more important than ever! Every donation will help us to reach more students and communities! Listening sessions reach deep into the hearts of young people and allow them to share their Voices, Visions and Wisdom about how they want Education to be Transformed!

Over the past 4 years Imagining Learning has done over 20 listening sessions with more than 100 students from over 6 states. A listening session ask students what their ideal learning journey would look like. 

One of the major themes that has emerged is how much students value Hands-on and Experiential Learning! 

These themes speak to an  natural human way of learning. Each group of students is different yet most of their visions for an ideal learning journey include more hands-on learning.

Let’s bring more hands on learning to our learning communities!

Imagining Learning is also looking for more students, parents, and community members to help organize listening sessions in there communities. Email us at charlie@imagininglearning.us or click here for more information

I want to learn. But if school stays this way, then I don’t want to go to school.
Is the school the source of the feeling of perpetual entrapment that the youth claim to feel? Is the number 2 pencil the slave master for the children, the ones doped up on Adderall and Ritalin, and removed from society so that they can tend to the slave masters distant cousin, the standardized assessment? Are the children the sheep in a corporatist panacea of reform? Are the teachers the herders, unknowingly herding the children of tomorrow into a field of misplacement and twisted ideology? Are the teachers just slaves themselves, slaves owned by those who have never stepped foot inside of a classroom in any capacity of an educator? Is that how it functions now, having the slave masters become so comfortable that they let educated slaves guide their impressionable ones?
A Student’s Definition of a Successful Student written during an Imagining Learning listening session in Charleston, SC.
Imagining Learning is looking for more students and communities to help organize listening sessions around the country. Email us at david@imagininglearning.us for more information.

A Student’s Definition of a Successful Student written during an Imagining Learning listening session in Charleston, SC.

Imagining Learning is looking for more students and communities to help organize listening sessions around the country. Email us at david@imagininglearning.us for more information.

Life in the Woods.: List Of Students On Tumblr.

fluorescentink:

I want to commend the tumblr editors. Since I mentioned the lack of students in the #education tag- there has been an incredible upsweep of student involvement. 

GWLAP and PPT have done an excellent job building this tag. Adventures In Learning, more than any other editor, understands the need for student voices. His movement, imagining learning, is exactly what I advocated. It’s so good to know that there are people out there who are taking real world steps to amend this fault.

Hitherto , David, PPT and all the other educators who personally contacted me- thank you for listening.

If you’re not on this list: either re-blog or message me and I’ll edit you in. I may publish this list on my education blog just to make connections easier. If you would like your blog to be on this list- message me.

Eclectic Blogs That Publish Content From High Schoolers

1. How To Drop Out Of School: All content is written by high school students.

2. EdZedOmega: Very cool project.

High School Unschoolers/Homeschoolers Who Write About Education

1. www.soulfully.tumblr.com
2. j0nathancran3.tumblr.com
3. rockogirl.tumblr.com
4. samflynn.tumblr.com
6. http://undisclothed.tumblr.com/
7. http://fluorescentink.tumblr.com/
8. http://reborn-pure.tumblr.com/ (FOLLOW HER)
9. http://anglo-chief.tumblr.com/
10. http://spudzine.tumblr.com/
11. http://so-elegantly-disheveled.tumblr.com/
12. http://swallowtailskies.tumblr.com/ (FOLLOW HER!)
13. http://queer-fish.tumblr.com/ 

A quick note to editors and students: More students contribute under the #homeschooling and #unschooling tag. Unschool students- tag your posts with #education.

Other Teens Who Write About Education

1. http://claretaylormorgan.tumblr.com/
2. http://norarosie.tumblr.com/ 
3. http://lizabethdavis.tumblr.com/ 
4. http://remixursydae.tumblr.com/ 
5. http://always-andforever.tumblr.com/   

Students need to write more about education. Teachers need to direct more posts to students. The tag should be a place not only  for teachers to connect with teachers, but for students to connect with students. And, of course, for teachers and students to talk about fixing education.

The Rise of Democratic Schools and 'Solutionaries': Why Adults Need to Get Out of the Way | Education on GOOD

Most adults are simply not doing enough, except for perhaps Charlie Kouns and David Loitz—the visionaries at Imagining Learning. Around the United States, Kouns, Loitz, and their team have been hosting listening sessions, inviting young people to share their revelations and insights on education.

"We have been told by students that this was often the first they had been asked to share their own views on education," says Loitz. "We must provide a safe space for them to express this vision, to dream, critique, revise, and reinvent the world in which we live."

After these listening sessions, Kouns and Loitz analyze and try to make sense of what they have learned by connecting the voices of young people around the nation. Now students are even calling up Imagining Learning to hold sessions in their own communities. Their ultimate goal as Kouns tells me is to “create a national collective voice on the wisdom of young people.” They are certainly on their way.

What tags do Student voice/Education people use?

There is really not a good Student voice Education tag being used on tumblr. I am always looking, but I am the only one using the Student voice tag….

Let me know and I will help promote and amplify students writing about education!

(via Imagining Learning | Why Contribute)

JOIN US in creating a national collective voice of the wisdom of young people on education by sponsoring a Listening Session.

Please donate 10 dollars or more to help sponsor an upcoming listening sessions in the south!  We have 4 listening sessions in the next week (Charleston, SC and Atlanta, GA) and another 5 planned for later this month including Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi and Florida.

That is over 75 students who will be able to share their visions for reinventing education with the world. Every 10 dollars add one student’s voice to the national collective voice of Young People! We are looking to raise 500 dollars by the end of the week! We need your help!

You can donate using paypals or by visiting our donate page  


If you can’t donate, Please help by reblogging this post or one or more of these other links:


We are also looking for help organizing some more listening sessions for the early part of 2013. If you are located in the USA and interested in helping us, please email us at Charlie@imagininglearning.us

Thank you in advance for your support to help create a National Collective Voice of Young People on Education!

-Imagining Learning

Listening for the Wisdom of Young People: Charlie Kouns at TEDxKatuah (by TEDxTalks)

I fully believe in the power of the voices of our young people to lead a transformation of education. Their voices are filled with hope, compassion, innocence and bold ideas. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain if we but listen.

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Portland Imagining Learning Listening Session 2012 with 6 high schools (March 2012)

Visioning a new type of learning environment

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UNschool Tales: Junior Shares Doubts Of Conventional Schooling.

howtodropoutofschool:

I am nearly finished with my junior year of high school and have experienced great frustration. Middle school was the worst—I came out of three years having learned nothing.

High school has been better, but still there’s been struggles with the administration to get into a situation where I’m…

Great to hear a students perspective! I wonder how school might change if instead of test week, we had student voice week. Asking for the student and actually the teacher how could be changed for the better.

cooperativecatalyst:

“Is it possible that art is the answer?”

“A student from a few years ago created this video. I felt affirmed that we were doing something right in social studies by including the arts:”

(via John Spencer’s post The Real Reason for the Arts « Cooperative Catalyst)

occupyedu:

10 months ago, I quit school to get a Real Life and Education.
In School, I….
was constantly stressed.
didn’t have to time to relax or be with my family.
was told I was stupid by teachers and their grades.
wasn’t really learning.
Now, I …
am happy and helathy.
have control over my time.
know I’m smart.
feel good about myself.
am learning, living, and loving it!!!
I OCCUPY EDUCATION!

occupyedu:

10 months ago, I quit school to get a Real Life and Education.

In School, I….

  • was constantly stressed.
  • didn’t have to time to relax or be with my family.
  • was told I was stupid by teachers and their grades.
  • wasn’t really learning.

Now, I …

  • am happy and helathy.
  • have control over my time.
  • know I’m smart.
  • feel good about myself.
  • am learning, living, and loving it!!!

I OCCUPY EDUCATION!