What is the power of words? The power to give opinions, voice, ideas and stories to benefit and accelerate people’s understandings? We all have our own unique perspectives on definitions and this is my understanding of it. The same goes for education in New Zealand. Change is currently in the heart of the development of education. Twitter chats, education conferences, and even teacher meet ups. It’s all about sharing voice and sharing your story. But what about the students? How much student voice is there currently in education? It’s a tough thing for teachers and leaders to get students on board and in the heart of educational discussions but I think that we need more of it.
My idea for getting students involved with “edchats” was to create and found Student Chat NZ. A twitter chat founded by students, for students. To create and inspire conversations around Some of the other edchats that are on twitter are pretty full on and might get a bit out of control to have students on board with it. I’ve participated in many education chats on twitter. My founded chat, #stuchatNZ, #edchatNZ (edchat NZ), #ldrchatNZ (leaders chat NZ), #scichatNZ (science chat NZ), #engchatNZ (english chat NZ) and even some international ones too. #NYEDchat (New York ed chat), #whatisschool (International education chat), #txeduchat (Texas educators chat) and #TEDEdchat (TED education chat) just to name a few. Most, if not all the fellow participants in these chats were excited and inspired by having a student take part and challenge teachers and leaders’ perspectives on education.
The moral of this post is we need more student voice in education. The students’ voice matters and needs to be taken for granted. Us students are more than capable of challenging and sharing perspectives on education and there needs to be more of it. So a message to students. You matter and you don’t need to be afraid to share your voice. You matter and your voice is just as important as everyone else.