Out of the Mouths of Babes – students talked, Obama listened

Village Academy High School - Pomona, CAThere is something about a child speaking.  Their words are from the heart and they can be pure and honest.  While we adults discuss and plan our children’s education, it is quite different to hear their take on what is going on with their schools and how their education is affected by the economic mess we put them in today.

I read an article in the L.A. Times that talked about how the white house staff found a video on YouTube.  Students at the Village Academy school in Pomona, CA produced a video showing how the economy affected their families and their schooling.   I logged on and it made me cry.  Never before have I thought of seeing our economy from a teenager’s eyes.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WMTTrOrKVI.  White house staffers found the video and brought it to our president’s attention.  The results were a domino effect.  He mentioned them in his speech on education Tuesday March 10th and then actually visited them 10 days later, today March 20th when he was here in L.A. appearing on the Tonight Show.

On a large scale, it reminded me that we adults should listen more to the very generation we are trying to protect and on a smaller scale it reminds me to actually listen to my 6,10 and 12 year old kids when they want to tell me about their day.  What good are we if we try to make the best future plans for our kids and the next generation without hearing how they feel about today?


5 Responses to Out of the Mouths of Babes – students talked, Obama listened

  1. Judy C. says:

    What an amazing video – you are right Karen about the power of the voices of children. We truly do need to listen to children and respect their perspective. We also need to ask them more ‘big picture’ questions. This is a great way to make children feel as though their opinion is worth something.

  2. findingschools says:

    Children have a way of getting to the heart of the matter, and by voicing their opinions with very simple words – get us to listen. As 1 child said – it has made me less self absorbed. There are countless lessons to be learned from this financial crisis, unfortunately it may require our children to grow up faster and learn some of life’s lessons at a very young age.


  3. Doreen says:

    After watching the video, I will really listen to my children tonight. We often hear but do we listen to our children. Multi-tasking has become a way of life, I think we can all learn many things from this video.

  4. Anne says:

    Karen, firstly thank you for sharing this video with us. I greatly enjoyed watched it and I even showed it to one of my Uni student’s yesterday. It proved to a very interactive lesson and from a teenager’s point of view, I understood how NOT one but many teenagers I have worked with in the past are now affected by the economic crisis. It is a beautiful thing to listen to a child and how they express themselves with complete innocence but from the heart. They make us ‘adults’ view issues and problems in an entirely different way. In many ways they make us see the big picture without struggling to see the big picture and for them it is easy as they do not always perceive the complications that we do. Children and teenagers too have a voice and an opinion and should therefore be allowed join family/adult so-like conversations and after all during a transition they come first and so thus shouldn’t they have as much control over their move also?

  5. Jeannie says:

    This is such a powerful video.

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