Inner Voices #2: “Elle”

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This is the second installment of my “Inner Voices” series where my current and former students reflect on their time in a PBL classroom and the state of education in general. Today’s installment comes from Elle (name has been changed for protection purposes); she was part of our first cohort as well but unlike the young woman from my last post, she only participated one year. Read on to understand why…

“Studio has taught me the importance of being not only self-sufficient in your education, but also confident in my endeavors. Unfortunately, the world that our students are being educated in does not reflect this sort of purpose”

The first year of high school is infamous for its abrupt changes. Suddenly, students are in charge of their own education. Through the series of choosing classes, clubs, sports, and other various involvements, the student has lit the fuse leading to the rest of their life. Studio, personally, took that to the next level.

Choosing to participate in Studio was one of the best decisions I have made in my high school career. When I arrived at North Gwinnett, I was timid and unsure of how to contribute what I had to offer. I became so frightened during my first presentation that my notecards were brutally destroyed. I had wrinkled and folded the cards with shaking hands into crumples of smudged ink by the time I sat back down.

As the year went on, my presentations improved substantially. I acquired new techniques concerning research, technology, and presenting thanks to both the coaches and my peers equally. I have been able to speak in front of classmates and teachers with an assured voice and without shaking hands.

Studio has taught me the importance of being not only self-sufficient in your education, but also confident in my endeavors. Unfortunately, the world that our students are being educated in does not reflect this sort of purpose. We are told information. We remember information. We repeat information. There is nothing more to contribute.

My college professors and employers thrived in this world of education and therefore expect me to do the same. If the world were more similar to Studio, I would have stayed in the class. It is difficult to compare Studio to the classroom as it is apples to oranges. However, Studio is applicable to the real world and I have applied those relevant skills. It’s a shame my grade report does not measure life skills.

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