Turner, High School Student, SC

I think that being in a place that you love is important. So I love my school and I love the people in my school and I try to go to school every day excited. I know there are people who don’t and if you’re constantly upset about doing the stuff you have to do you’re going to be miserable and I wouldn’t consider that a very good life. I guess it’s just kind of knowing what’s good for you and being able to do that, in my eyes I think that’s really what leads to a good and successful life.

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Chris, Teacher & Co-founder @ Human Restoration Project, OH

“I think the reason why we should have a public schooling system is that if you're going to provide everyone an equitable society, you have to give them all a level playing field through their education. They have to have opportunities provided to them by the community and by adults who have their best interests in mind and give them a voice in their lives and figure out what it is they want to do. They want to figure out what the good life is. That's the whole point.”

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Lysa, Administrator & Educator, Mother, CA

“Often when I visit classrooms, I ask the kids, "What are you learning about?  How are you going to know when you know it?"  And then I ask them, "*Why* are you learning about it?" 

Too much of the time the "why" is because some adult told them to.

Even in like really creative classrooms.  And I wonder about that.  What kind of learner does that lead kids to become?”

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Kalela, High School Student, CA

All throughout my life I have dealt with a lot.  I switched schools a lot and I've seen and know when teachers are just working for a check or actually trying to make a difference in  students’ lives.  I've seen teachers put down students for the way they speak or learn or think and it's not right.  I feel like we should open more alternative schools like ours - not as continuation schools, but as just a regular school option for kids to have a safe place to learn and grow into mature adults.

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Lysa, Co-Principal, CA

The way we do school is really old fashioned and out of date and that's why often students find it irrelevant and boring.  If we did it really differently, and maybe listened to what you guys want more, it might work better and be more fun.  Fun is a good thing - slow learning and having learning be fun is positive.  Somehow it seems like people want it to be torture and not fun - I don't think life is too short for that.

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