Posted by: edevolution | May 25, 2011

All Things Are Possible

It’s been three eventful weeks since the day we released that video. The EdEvolution class has learned quite a bit about the impact their work can have since then. From some ill-fated adventures on Reddit, to an eye-opening positive meeting with our local district superintendent, the reception their video has garnered was quite varied.

I think that when the video originally came out and the initial push to make it known by the students trickled off without apparently “catching” beyond their local community, disappointment was the general feeling. Being the digital generation, we viewed that Youtube hit counter as a marker of our success. When it started tapering off before we even crossed the 2,000 line, I think we were frustrated.

Then the superintendent showed up to talk with the class about it, and his visibly emotional reaction noticeably surprised the class. I thought it was a fascinating lesson in itself – that even in the digital age, sometimes the impact of what one does cannot be measured digitally. Here was clear, irrefutable evidence that someone of genuine clout in education had been considerably affected by their work. The class, in some ways, had to that point failed to realize the considerable message they had delivered:

“You who educate us, who have devoted your life to that cause, through no ill intent, have served us poorly.”

That’s a tough thing to hear, and to see it articulated so clearly and creatively affected even me, watching it come together. Although – and they stress this point – they don’t feel teachers are to blame, ultimately, the buck stops with the teachers and administrators.

It’s a tough pill to swallow.

For the most part, though, we were inclined to consider the attention-gaining phase to have been largely only a local success, and learn what we could from the results. Experiment concluded, partial success, and so we move on.

Then, 48 hours ago, something happened. We’re still not quite sure how, but it has.  Mindshift picked up the students’ message, and this blog, and the attached forums. Suddenly, in the last 48 hours, the message is getting as much attention as it did in the week it launched. Suddenly, the quest to spread the word is back on. Suddenly, the possibility of one little message triggering one great big cause lives anew.

Suddenly, once again, all things are possible.


Responses

  1. Your message made it to Calhoun, GA today. I recently joined a non-profit, student-led initiative, called the iSchool Initiative, to help transform classrooms for the “digital learner”. It’s only a year old, but we’re hoping to make huge strides in education.

    Watching your video reaffirmed the thoughts we had, but presented it using a very clear juxtaposition. I can’t wait to share this inspirational video!

  2. Kudos to Education Evolution! It is encouraging and inspiring to see young minds take initiative on such an important matter.

    I currently am an English teacher in Costa Rica, volunteering with the Peace Corps. The education system here is interesting, to say the least, but, has lots of potential! I can’t wait to show your video to my colleagues and co-teachers.

    Keep working to be the change you hope to see happen! Good luck!

  3. Greetins from Ontario Canada. I’ve just finished watching your class’ video. What a great project. I’m going to use it in the new digital initiative project I’m launching this summer to change the way classrooms work. I want to use it to inspire the group of middle school students I will be teaching.

  4. Greetings from the Land Down Under (Shepparton, Australia).
    G’day Mates. (Hello Everyone)

    Congratulations to all the students…and teachers (or should I say guides/facilitators) who had the courage to step back and allow young people to create a wonderful message to the world of education. This is a brilliant piece of work which I will share with the young people I work with outside the school system because they could not cope any longer with the 1911 methods and systems.

    My approach is a personalised model (www.bigpicture.org) that allows young people to explore their interests and find their passion and experience the learning in that context. Students learn more outside the classroom than inside and work with mentors in the community in their interests/passion. Each person has their own individual learning plan which includes academic and practical/hands on learning.

    I call it UnReal! Learning. http://www.geoffallemand.wordpress.com

    I salute you for daring to change the system of education and wish you all the success you deserve.

    Would love to keep in touch somehow. You could inspire my students a great deal.

  5. Oh, by the way…expect another surge in interest as Sir Ken Robinson posted this on his Facebook wall. If you have not heard of Sir Ken, you will. Do a Google search and watch his video on TED…if you have not already!!


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