Student Voice

It’s Time to Listen to Student Voices

What’s the goal of our school system? To educate the students, right? Yet students have the least input on how they get educated. It’s the adults who get to decide.

Watch our video to hear student activist Nidalis Burgos, along with former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and others make the case for truly listening to students and engaging them in the process of creating more equitable education for all.

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Posted Mar. 4, 2019

Betsy DeVos Has a New Plan for School Choice and I Think It Could Work

Choice is more prevalent in our society today than ever before. We make dozens of choices daily that impact our lives as well as the…

By Walter Blanks

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Posted Jan. 22, 2019

How ‘Oprah’ Reruns Helped My Dad Find the Right School for Me

I grew up in El Sereno, a low-income neighborhood near Los Angeles, and faced a difficult childhood. My mother was murdered when I was 6…

By Nicole Serrato

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Posted Dec. 5, 2018

A Second Listen to Student Voice

Common Core author David Coleman shocked a crowd of educators in 2011 when he declared, “…as you grow up in this world, you realize people…

By Eric Goldstein

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Posted Nov. 29, 2018

I’m a DACA Recipient and a First-Generation College Graduate and I’m Nervous About What’s Next

It’s a day I’ll never forget: September 5, 2017, the first day of my senior year at NYU. It was the day the Trump administration…

By Mayra Gonzalez Menjivar

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Posted Nov. 16, 2018

This Weekend Students Across the Globe Are Coming Together to Recognize Our Collective Power

November 8, 2016. I was 17 years old. Like all other Americans, I had thoughts, feelings, hopes and fears regarding the election. But because I…

By Megan Simmons

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Posted Oct. 15, 2018

I’m an Immigrant and a Student and My Voice Matters

When I was about 7 years old, I immigrated to the United States from Mexico. It was 2008 and I arrived in New York City…

By Jorge Morales

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Posted Oct. 5, 2018

College Credit in High School Is Great, But Where Are the Classes About My Latina History?

As a first-generation college student, I jumped at the opportunity to take college classes while in high school. As a result, I was able to…

By Joselin Rivera

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Posted Sep. 28, 2018

The Kids Aren’t Here for Half-Baked Schoolwork and Shady Politics

Outrage: If They Don’t Believe In Them, They Shouldn’t Be Teaching Them This was my story entering freshman year of college. Many students are earning…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 27, 2018

Here’s How Teachers Can Help Students Overcome Stereotype Threat

Stereotype threat describes the concept that people are at a higher risk of conforming to negative stereotypes about their social group in situations where they…

By Julie Hajducky

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Posted July 27, 2018

I Came Out as Transgender to My PE Teacher and He Called Me ‘It’

This is a guest post from Ash Whipple, an Oakland public school student who uses the pronouns they/them. They are a First Robotics Competition Captain…

By Ash Whipple

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Posted Mar. 18, 2019

Trump Isn’t Just Cutting the Education Budget, He Wants Schools to Pay for the Wall

Mexico will not pay for Donald Trump’s wall. Your children will. And your children’s children will pay the interest, as will their children—and perhaps the…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Mar. 18, 2019

As Long as There’s White Privilege, We’re Going to Need Affirmative Action

Affirmative action: For years, some people have balked at it, while others have been actively trying to dismantle it. But we need to embrace it,…

By Letisha Marrero

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Posted Mar. 19, 2019

Don’t Like Who’s on the School Board Ballot? Run.

With headlines dominated by news of 2020 presidential candidates, it’s easy to forget that there are elections happening across the country in 2019. But in…

By Aviva Rosman, Lea Crusey

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