Guest Writer: Life In Rows

Before I begin, I should probably introduce myself. My name is Gianna Borer, and I am a student from Iowa that is passionate about many things, especially education and student voice. I've decided to start a blog to share what life is like in rows. Rows of desks, that is. Below is my first post.

As students, we go to school every day and listen to teachers teach. Education is something that is done to us, not something that we do. Even though students are the ones that are the most affected by education, we are the ones that are the least consulted. Too often our voices are shut out, and why? Because we aren't old enough to have a degree? Age does not define intelligence. Don't get me wrong, I'm not here to complain about how horrible school is. Complaining won't get you anywhere, which is why rather than complaining I want to find positive solutions to improve school and education. I'm not saying that I think students should completely take over the classroom. I am saying, however, that education should be a collaboration between both students and teachers. Students should not just be consumers of information. Absorbing information that someone is telling you is not learning, it is memorizing. There is a difference. Students should be engaged in their learning, and challenged to think creatively. This is difficult when school is so structured. It's no surprise that students often compare school to a prison. Young people are capable of so many things, but we are confined by rows of desks. We sit and listen, but we are not heard. So, students, let me ask you: What would happen if we didn't just sit in rows of desks and absorb information? What if we stood up and let our voices be heard? If we use our voices we can, and will change the world! -From the Desk of Gianna Borer