The moment I learned I would be doing a GOA advocacy project, I knew I wanted to do something tied to education. I thought about ways in which I could help improve the current educational system, but then I thought about the culture of our American society. I considered writing letters to government representatives, talking to principals, and other ways to connect with adults. But then I thought that all these ideas would not be the most effective. These people have already heard ideas like mine; that is when I realized adults were not the answer, but students.
I targeted my work towards middle schoolers. I thought that middle schoolers were the perfect age to start understanding the correlation between action and outcome within one’s education. Through my research, I wanted to show that regardless of what kind of school one attends, just by going to school can greatly impact your future. Learning is learning, no matter the quality. Rather than working on changing the schools, I wanted to change the mindset of the students, so that they can grow up to be more successful. I tried to find the grassroots of the situation to incite change. If all students work hard now, then together, as our generation starts to lead the country, our success can lead to great change. I believe that if we start with the kids, the adults will catch on. Now, more than ever, children have a voice, and an education is where that voice can grow.
I hope you enjoy this video, detailing the journey of a student and important facts connecting education to future success.
However, I understand that there are many systemic reasons that can inhibit a student from working to their highest potential in school. Whether that is needing to work a job to help support one’s family, taking time to care for a family member, a cultural or religious reason, or any other environmental obstacle, these actions take time away that could be spent doing homework, or can lead to exhaustion or other feelings that can prevent best work production. Therefore, my call to action is just to work hard in school, do the most that you can do given your circumstances, given your home environment, and given your school setting.
Hopes and Goals
My hope is that if you are a student, you have been inspired to start (or continue) taking advantage of all the opportunities and resources you have been given. Study for that test rather than watching the next episode on netflix, edit your paper instead of going to the mall, practice your oral presentation rather than heading to the park, and ask for help if you need it.
And, if you are an adult, listen and guide. Listen to the voices of children, listen and be inspired by what they have to say. And guide. Help them find the resources they need: point out where the college resources office is, show a website that can help find jobs, encourage students to work hard, and provide safe spaces in which to do so.
I believe that education is the key to our future success as a country; some people believe it’s the economy, social policy, or politics, but education is what ties it all together. Education is what prepares one to tackle the challenges that life presents. Therefore, I have confidence that if every student is able to attend school and excel by whatever definition their school uses, then there is great hope for a better future.
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