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Sarah Shewey

CEO/Founder, Happily


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How can we empower kids to reshape the education system? *A TEDActive Education Project Question*


The TEDActive Education Project will explore how children can make an impact on the education system. We hope to come out of this project with fresh ideas for ways kids can start an education revolution.

At TEDActive2011 in Palm Springs, an amazing group of individuals came together as a group to come up with a simple micro-action solution for empowering kids to be a part of the education reform conversations. After a quick 36 hour period of time, the team made a website that allows students to upload videos of their ideas on education reform.

You can empower a student to share their voice at http://elev8ed.org.

Also, please share your own ideas here, or by starting a new conversation tagged with TEDActiveEDU so we can all follow.


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    Mar 26 2011: Sometimes it's a punch in the gut, but I allow students to write critiques on the lessons we've covered. Perhaps this needs to be promoted on a regular basis.

    Also, it has been said time and time again that we underestimate our students. Perhaps campuses and districts could create a committee of students that critique and help develop the curriculum. Each content area could have a group of student ambassadors. Why not? Students need to be heard. Not only would the information for the campus promote chreflection and change it would be excellent in promoting voice, project management and various other skills in the students that participate.

    Time to THINK outside of the box. (so cliche but oh so true)

    Great thread, thanks - Marisa

    Note - teacher bashers. PLEASE don't underestimate your teachers. MANY are passionate about being effective. Resources are at times very limited. We are constantly trying to be creative. So for those that bash - please please please do not generalize. Don't let one "lazy - bad" teacher represent the whole.

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