In my nine years as an educator, I have spent the majority of my time with teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18, and I have come to one certainty: Teenagers say some of the most profound, and most entertaining, things you could ever imagine.
The school system itself, which often tends to turn every individual into a cookie cutter shape, may be the reason why not all students are actively engaged in the learning process. So what should schools do?
Those promoting the Common Core standards maintain that local districts can still design their own curriculum to meet these federal standards. But parents and teachers know that standards drive the curriculum.
Research has confirmed that parent involvement positively correlates with academic success, regardless of parents' level of education or income. That's good news, but how do you know if you are doing this part of your parenting job correctly?
Since American history is generally a requirement for graduation why not take the opportunity to make this standard eleventh or twelfth grade class more "relevant" by presenting it, at least in part, as the story of higher education?
"Tears are tears," Gloria Steinem said. The profound message in that small phrase pertained to each of us, because all of us, no matter our differences, experience struggle. This is a powerful lesson we can teach all of our students.
We came together because we believed in the platform that social media provided us with. We came together because we believed we could share the platform that we were using to exercise our student voice with all students.
For adolescent girls, heterosexuality and a traditional presentation of femininity are the foundation of the high school social hierarchy. Attaining status requires dedication to the attraction of boys. So where does this leave adolescent lesbian and queer girls?
I have no doubt that these smart, talented, and college-bound students will continue to acquire the practical skills necessary to make good life decisions. I am confident that each of our own unique experiences can allow us to do the same.
Sometimes love is far worse than indifference. Parental love powers the frenzy over college admissions, but in the process it distorts every ideal of higher education while it robs adolescents of dignity and even of selfhood.
There have been wide scale efforts to educate students and families on other public health crises. It is now time to create effective programs to help young people and everyone involved in their lives learn about mental health.