“Too often, youth are left out of conversations that impact their education and their future. We believe that when policy discussions take place, all young people deserve a seat at the table.” – Student Voice
Education is not only for students, but should be about students. However, much of the way that decisions are made in education systems have nothing to do with the benefit of the students. Most of the time, the priority of decisions in education is about what would benefit the school, regardless of whether or not it benefits the students. Decisions are made by administrators trying to market and sell their university by finding attractive ways to brag about their students.
And because of the way that the system shuffles and pushes student priorities aside to build the school brand, students are trained to simply listen to what the institution tells them in order to receive a mark of credibility from the system.
In order to bring reconciliation to such a problem in education, students must realize their voices and speak up when they are being treated as cogs, manipulated into paying unreasonable amounts of money to an institution that doesn’t help them practically. The time that students spend in school should be respected, and their voices should be heard.
Unfortunately, for most students, we have been brainwashed to the point where we don’t see the problems with education, and we have no idea how to speak up or what to speak up about.
The Student Voice Digital Backpack, a project that I have spent the last month working on, is a collection of resources that helps students learn ways they can have a voice in their education.