school design

Right now in Texas the Legislators are meeting and hashing out what changes they are going to make to public education.  We don’t know what will happen, but what we are sure of is that there will be major changes to the educational landscape in Texas.    In any case someone or some group will not be happy.   Here’s the big question, as I see it … as a result of this legislative session, will the students in the state of Texas be better off as a result of the actions of these Legislators?  That remains to be seen.

There are many arguments as to what our students really need.  Parents say one thing.  Business leaders say one thing.  Colleges and Universities say one thing.  Legislators … who knows?  See my point?

What do the students say?  That’s a great question.  Do they have a voice?  At one school in Massachusetts, they do.  In the following video, which is about 15 minutes long, we get an idea of what that answer would be.  I highly encourage you to watch it.  It really opened my eyes to the fact that, more often than not, we take our students for granted.  These students in this video could very well be representative of students in every state, and they should be given a lot of credit for taking control of their own learning.  And their principal should be given a lot of credit for having the guts to allow this project.

I would love for you to leave a comment and let me know what you think about these students and what could happen to education if we allow students to design their own schools.



  1. Lily DeLorme says:

    It seems like a really cool idea, but one that would probably only work with a small group of highly motivated students.

  2. Jennifer Rogers says:

    One of the classes I’m taking this semester is addressing the need of empowering students more in the classroom in specific ways so that they may develop self- management. I am having to “write” over this. It is thought provoking stuff and I intend to fully incorporate the recommended methods and techniques next year. It just makes sense that students need to be more self- disciplined and self-aware as 21st century technology allows students access to the world of good and bad and a huge voice when you throw in social media. Those voices must be guided to embrace self-management.

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