by Angelia MaiersMost conversations about changing the world are met with skepticism, cynicism, and despair. Audacious solutions degenerate into "yeah but" and "I would if" before steering into something more practical or pressing. When Students Say They Want to Change the World - Listen to Them!
Despite all of the money we spend on education and the hours of their lives students spend in school, little of the conversation is driven by what they think, need and envision.
That Is About to Change. For the past 11 months, students in more than 1,500 schools and 6,000 classrooms have been asking, answering and acting on the following questions. What Breaks Your Heart About Our World? As they begin to ponder it, I add this question:
What Are We Going to Do About It?Given only one hour a week, which we now call #GeniusHour, students across the globe ponder, explore, collaborate and work to take action on their thoughts and ideas. To date, these young activist world change agents and fearless leaders have tackled problems and topics that range from:
- Building a library for a rural village in Ghana;
- raising money to build wells for communities without water;
- starting and scaling non-profit organizations to support issues in education, the environment and other social causes and
- developing innovative approaches to supporting others in crisis.
- What does the world need help with most?
- What kind of genius will it take?
- What do we begin working on first?
- How do we discover what is being done so we can offer help?
- Where can we share our contributions and ideas?
- What does the world need from us?